Daily Music News Report for 06/18/2016

Attack At Radiohead Listening Event

(Radio.com) A Radiohead listening event in Istanbul Turkey was attacked on Friday evening (June 17th) and the iconic band has issued a statement about the attack .

Pitchfork reports, with the aid of a Turkish interpreter, that IndieGround Records in Istanbul was attacked by a group of men angry that alcohol was being consumed at the event during the holy month of Ramadan.

The band said in their statement, "Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul. We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past. For now, we can only offer our fans in Istanbul our love and support." Read more here.

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Meat Loaf Recovering Following On Stage Collapse

(Classic Rock) Meat Loaf is recovering well after collapsing on stage due to "severe dehydration." The star's management posted an update on his condition on Facebook on Friday, saying he remains in hospital in Edmonton, Canada, but that his vital signs are normal.

Fans watched in horror as Meat Loaf, 68, collapsed during his performance of I Would Do Anything For Love in Edmonton Thursday night. The new statement reads: "Meat Loaf collapsed Thursday night due to severe dehydration near the end of his concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

"He was admitted to a nearby hospital to undergo routine tests. His vital signs are stable and normal - additional tests are being performed but he is responsive and recovering well." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Couldn't Make New Hit Album?

(Classic Rock) John Kalodner says that Guns N' Roses wouldn't go platinum if they released a new studio album because people in the music business are too "pussified" to give their honest opinion to big-time acts.

The retired American Artists and Reportoire (A&R) executive, who worked with bands including AC/DC, Whitesnake and Aerosmith in his 30-plus year career, claims that the industry is filled with yes-men who want to protect their jobs.

When asked if GNR could make another hit record, he tells LA Weekly: "No. It's very hard to tell superstars that their songs aren't good enough, which is the main problem with most of these records, and there are only pussified people in the music business who will not tell.

"Either they're afraid for their salaries, their reputations, being disliked by the artists, there are many reasons why they won't tell the artist the truth. It's a very hard thing to do. And I would never win any popular artists from all the artists that I made famous, believe me." Read more here.

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ZZ Top Announce U.S. Fall Tour Dates

(Gibson) After a break for Billy F Gibbons solo album Perfectamundo, and another break for Dusty Hill's fractured shoulder, ZZ Top have announced more dates on their US tour.

This time, they're hitting the southern states hard. The trio currently has Govt Mule in support, but no other regular acts have yet been announced for this leg of the tour.

The new leg is set to kick off on October 18th in Huntsville, Ala. at the Von Braun Center and will be concluding on November 12th in Thackerville, Okla. at the Winstar World Casino and Resort. See the dates here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Overcame Broken Arm To Create New Album

(Radio.com) In 2011, the odds of recording a great Red Hot Chili Peppers album were stacked against the band: Flea was recovering from a 2010 snowboarding accident which shattered his arm in five places.

"We were jetting down the mountain, going, like, 50 miles an hour, when I just wiped out," he told Rolling Stone. "It was like, bam. My arm started swelling up right away. I broke my arm in five places. Big pieces of bone were shorn off."

The twist of fate effectively required him to relearn how to play bass. "I went to play one note and a bunch of pain shot up my arm," he said. "I tried to play the simplest things and my hand just wouldn't do it. It felt like I let everyone down, because we couldn't work on the record."

While Flea's bad break didn't affect the band's creative shift on The Getaway. That came after the Chili Peppers realized their writing process was becoming formulaic. "We were starting to do the same things we've always done," Flea said. "I knew what we were gonna do before we even did it." Read more here.

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Lil Wayne Camp Shoots Down Sizzurp Seizures Claims

(Radio.com) Lil Wayne's health has become a major topic of discussion after seizures landed him in the hospital last week. Weezy's private jet was forced to make two emergency landings due to the medical emergencies.

Celebrity gossip website TMZ reported that the cause of the seizures was promethazine/codeine or sizzurp. However, Weezy's camp says that's not the case at all.

A representative for Wayne tells TMZ the seizures happened because the rapper hadn't been taking his medication like he was supposed to. Wayne went to a Milwaukee pharmacy to have his prescription filled, but the drug store didn't have his medication in stock. Read more here.

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Kanye West Reveals Trailer For New Video Game 'Only One'

(Radio.com) Fans interested in Kanye West's next creative project can now watch the trailer for his upcoming video game Only One. Video game developer Encyclopedia Pictura debuted the trailer at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles early this past week.

The 44-second trailer, much like its creator, is mysterious. Brightly colored, it shows several people dressed in white ascending into heaven. While in the sky, it focuses on one main character, who rides a Pegasus and then later dons a pair of angel wings before arriving at heaven.

The game will follow Kanye's mother, Donda, who passed away in 2007, on her ascent to heaven. He previewed a clip during his Madison Square Garden premiere of The Life of Pablo. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Has Taylor Swift Moved On From Calvin Harris?

(Radio.com) Has Taylor Swift moved on? The world was saddened when Swift and Calvin Harris broke up earlier this month, but new photos published by a tabloid suggest Taylor has a new love interest.

The Sun has published pictures of Swift and actor Tom Hiddleston sharing a romantic moment on the beach in Rhode Island near the singer's mansion in the town of Watch Hill.

Hiddleston is famous for roles as Hank Williams, Loki in Marvel's Thor and The Avengers franchises, and most recently for his role in AMC's The Night Manager. See the photo here.

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Hozier Reveals New Track 'Better Love' And Video

(Radio.com) Hozier has debuted a new track titled "Better Love." The song is featured in the new movie The Legend Of Tarzan, and comes with a music video featuring footage from the film.

"I was excited about the opportunity and the challenge of writing for this film project," said Hozier. "After viewing an early edit, I was struck by the theme of endurance, and endurance of love through such a hostile environment. I wanted the song to be an intimate reassurance as spoken from one lover to another--one that might be issued in hardship or doubt."

Writing a song for a Tarzan film comes with some pressure. Phil Collins' "You'll Be In My Heart," from 1999's animated Tarzan moive won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and the Academy Award in the same category. Check out both here.

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Nick Cannon Gets Personal With 'Divorce Papers' Freestyle

(Radio.com) Nick Cannon is using his music as catharsis. He's finally sharing his feelings about the ending of his relationship with Mariah Carey and it comes in the form of a song called "Divorce Papers (Freestyle)."

Cannon explained the purpose of the song to Karen Civil, "My purpose for creating this 'Divorce Papers" freestyle was not to feed the tabloid chatter, or even to diffuse it. This was strictly a creative way for me to express my frustrations with the media, the naysayers, myself and ultimately with the voices in my head. One late night in my studio, after hearing the recent accusations against me and my character, I turned on my drum machine, found this amazing Willie Hutch sample, looped it, and went into the booth and let it all out. It felt great!"

The entertainment mogul admitted he debated over a week's period whether or not he should release the track. He stated he didn't want to add more fuel to the tabloid's fire, but he also wanted to clear the air and let the world know he and Carey are in a good place despite getting a divorce.

"My Ex and I are in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy," he said. "I am happy for her and all her new endeavors, both personal ones and professional ones. I sincerely hope the media doesn't once again try to manipulate my words or my purpose for releasing this song. As the world knows, I am an open book and I'm proud of that. When it comes to expressing myself, I take the fearless approach and that's what I chose to do here."

Check the song out here.

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Family Of Late Magellan Star Trent Gardner Set Up Memorial Fund

(Prog) The family of late Magellan mainman Trent Gardner have announced that they have set up a memorial fund to help cover the cost of his funeral expenses.

Multi-instrumentalist Gardner died suddenly in Vacaville, California, on June 11. And his family have asked fans for financial help to give him a "dignified burial" and are seeking $8000.

His son Trent Gardner II says: "My father affected people all over the world with his music and my family and I are grateful and humbled by any size of donation that you are able to give." Read more here.

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Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Recalls Ronnie James Dio Wisdom

(Classic Rock) Lzzy Hale has recalled invaluable advice given to her by the late Ronnie James Dio about how to treat her fans. Hale and her Halestorm bandmates toured with Dio in the years before his death - and on the last night of one trek, the iconic vocalist imparted knowledge that Hale has never forgotten.

In the TeamRock Zone at the Download festival, Hale tells TeamRock: "One of the best things to ever happen to me was being able to share the stage with Ronnie James Dio. He made us feel like family.

"We're hanging out backstage and it's three in the morning, time to go home. He walked us to our door and said, 'I'll be right back. I just have to go sign for people.'

"We watched as he signed and took pictures with absolutely everybody as 3am in this parking lot. And he still came back to say goodbye to us, and he didn't have to do that.

"I said, 'Ronnie, dude - you could have just gone to bed. We understand.' And he wags a finger in my face, and when Dio wags a finger in your face, you listen.

"He says to me, 'Lzzy, it's a moment in time where we are at now. You're never gonna remember all of the faces that you see today, but those people are going to remember meeting you for the rest of their lives. So you make it good for every single one of them.'" Read more here.

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Neck Deep's Only Choice Was Sam Bowden

(TeamRock Radio) Neck Deep say there was only ever one choice when it came time to bring in a new guitarist. The Wrexham pop punk heroes had to move fast to bring in Sam Bowden to fill the slot left vacant by Lloyd Roberts last year when he faced allegations made by a member of the public.

Police investigated the claims, but didn't pursue the matter further, saying: "We can confirm that this matter has been investigated fully and no further action is being taken."

But Roberts stepped down at the time and Neck Deep brought in long-time friend Bowden to stand in for scheduled appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals last year.

And having made the job his own with his efforts - and with little prospect of Roberts returning - Neck Deep made Bowden a permanent member towards the end of 2015.

Speaking to TeamRock backstage at the Download festival, bass player Fil Thorpe-Evans says: "I had known Sam for a long time before anyway, and he had actually filled in with us once before.

"We lived together for a while and had been in other bands together. It really wasn't like bringing in a new member at all because it was such a natural thing." Read more here.

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Nightwish's Floor Jansen Small Bands Matter As Much As Headliners

(TeamRock Radio) Nightwish's Floor Jansen says that small bands matter just as much as headlining acts at festivals. They say they'll never be upstaged by "huge names, big bands and massive productions."

Jansen tells TeamRock: "You can only be as good as you are, in the light of those huge names, big bands and massive productions - we can bring as much pyro as we want, but we will need to be exactly who we are and that should be enough. That's the biggest challenge to see if that will make you happy.

"If it was a solo show and it was just this band that was headlining, it would probably look different - but every band that plays here today matters. The first band is just as important as the last band - and there are great bands playing at three in the afternoon. Does it really matter? Does it say something about how good they are or their status? I don't think so. Maybe perceptions should change." Read more here.

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Bury Tomorrow Looking Ahead To Next Album

(TeamRock Radio) Bury Tomorrow frontman Daniel Winter-Bates says the band are already thinking ahead to their fifth album. The Southampton metalcore heroes only released fourth album Earthbound in January - but they're already laying plans for the follow-up.

Bury Tomorrow wrote Earthbound in just six weeks while on tour and recorded it over the space of four weekends - a process they could repeat as they're on the road in support of the record.

Speaking to TeamRock at Download festival, Winter-Bates says: "We're not officially working on a new record, because the festival season and these shows are all about Earthbound.

"But you don't want to be starting the next album from scratch. We've always got our ear to the ground to see what the next big thing is." Read more here.

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Baroness Announce U.S. Tour

Baroness will be returning to the road this summer, kicking off a new round of U.S. dates on Aug. 12 at The Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. in support of their latest album "Purple".

The six-week outing includes stops at a number of festivals including Hopscotch, Houston Open Air, Psycho Las Vegas and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance. The band recently confirmed a spot on the Oct. 22 date of the Aftershock Festival as well.

"The cathartic experience of playing live music has not changed over the 13 years of performing," John Baizley said in a recent interview with the SF Weekly. "But the sense of relief and release I feel as an adult is as intense, if not more than, when I was younger. The response to this record has been really, really overwhelming. There have been some pretty dramatic changes in the way that our audiences react to our songs, and I couldn't be happier about that." See the dates here.

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Black Peaks And Heck Announce UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Black Peaks have announced a joint UK tour with Heck. The running order will be decided each night on the 12-date tour, with fans encouraged to arrive early to catch both bands. Support acts will be announced in due course, along with additional European dates.

Black Peaks say: "We are over the moon to announce we are going on a co-headline tour of the UK and parts of Europe with those absolute dudes in Heck, all throughout September. Following our rather amazing first time playing Download, these shows will kick the f*** off, so prepare yourselves for an unforgettable tour.

"Running order for the shows will be decided on each night, so get down early to catch both bands. In London, both bands will headline a show each, info on these to come soon." Read more and see the dates here.

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August Wells Stream New Single 'She Was A Question'

(Cannonball) August Wells, the musical project formed by Ken Griffin (Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver and Favourite Sons) and John Rauchenberger, have released their new single "She Was A Question".

The comes from their new album "Madness Is The Mercy" which is due for release late July 2016 and will once again see August Wells team up with Irish independent label 'Forever In Financial Arrears' (FIFA Records).

The song deals with a man left alone " her pillows they lie here like loyal dogs" left alone with a stream of stark and brutal realizations " one day you wake up, as the man that you are, and not as the one, you thought you'd become" all leading to the aching line " now i know, she was a question not an answer". Check out the song here.

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ATP Festivals Going Out Of Business

(TeamRock Radio) All Tomorrow's Parties bosses have announced that the business is closing down and that July's ATP Iceland event has been cancelled. The festival group's future has been in doubt since April when they announced their planned Manchester weekender had been pulled on four days' notice.

Now ATP has confirmed it has pulled the plug entirely and put the business into administration. In a statement, they say: "It is with deep sadness we are announcing that ATP Festivals and live promotions are closing down.

"After months of speculation, our funding for Iceland has been pulled and we are no longer able to continue so will be closing down the entire live side of ATP festivals and live promotions with immediate effect and going into administration." Read more here.

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Ginger Wildheart Recalls Media Battle

(Classic Rock) Ginger Wildheart has opened up on his tense relationship with the music press. The Wildhearts frontman chatted with fans at the TeamRock Zone at Download festival today ahead of the band's appearance on the Maverick Stage at 6.25pm.

And he recalled smashing up the offices of one British music magazine in protest at a story he didn't agree with. Ginger says: "It was a slow day. We ran out of drugs. No, someone said something...this was before the internet when rumours happened all the time.

"It was a week until they published an apology, they couldn't retract it immediately like it is with Gene Simmons now. We weren't gonna wait two weeks for the c--- to apologies.

"We got more press out of smashing his gear up than any f***ing record we ever released." Read more here.

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Dave Mustaine Presented Triple H With Spirit Of Lemmy Award

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine presented wrestling icon Triple H with the first ever Spirit Of Lemmy Award on the Main Stage at Download this past weekend.

Minutes after Megadeth's performance, Mustaine invited Triple H on to the stage to present him with the award - which forms part of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

Triple H says: "Having Dave give me this award is a dream come true. Standing on the Lemmy Stage, named after one of my great friends and being given the Spirit Of Lemmy Award is amazing.

"I can feel Lemmy here right now, sitting up on that black cloud over there - drinking a Jack and Coke, probably. The true Spirit Of Lemmy is this f***ing crowd right here.

"This is the Spirit Of Lemmy, the Spirit Of Lemmy will never die, because of all of you." Read more here.

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Former LostAlone Frontman Steven Battelle Gives Away New Song

(TeamRock Radio) Former LostAlone frontman Steven Battelle has offered a free download of debut solo track The Jump. He's concentrating on his own career after LostAlone split in 2014, following the launch of three albums. His first one-man record, Exit Brain Left, will be launched later this year.

Battelle says of the track: "The Jump is the first song I wrote for the record, right at the beginning of my travels. The foreboding literal narrative of the lyric feels like an introduction to all that will transpire on the rest of the record.

"The Jump is about reconciling the voice in my head telling me to take that leap of faith, knowing everything will change once the metaphorical leap occurs." Stream the song and grab the download link here.

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Dave Arcari Releases 'Hellbound Train' Video

(The Blues) Dave Arcari has premiered his video for Hellbound Train with The Blues. It's the title track of the his brand new EP, which has been released ahead of upcoming album Givers & Takers.

Arcari tells The Blues: "I tend to approach writing from the guitar end first - but I was struggling to come up with something that felt different but still sounded like me.

"The general advice to folks with writers' block is don't write songs about being on the road. So the first two songs I wrote for the EP are about being on the road!"

He adds of the video: "This is the first time I've had a 'proper' promo done. Everything before has been DIY. Urbancroft Films got involved because they like my music - they don't generally do music videos." Watch the video here.

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Drake Shares Behind-the-Scenes Clips Of French Montana Video Shoot

(Radio.com) If you're not following Drake's crew on Snapchat, you're missing out on behind-the-scenes glimpses at every part of his life-including a tropical video shoot with French Montana.

Drake fans ripped videos from the platform and uploaded them to Instagram for your viewing pleasure, speculating that the clip will promote their collaboration "All About the Mulah." In fact, the video is for "No Shopping," and it does appears that Drake found better things to do than shop.

The clips show him riding a golf cart, golfing in flip-flops, and otherwise enjoying the tropical setting with French and Team Drake. Check the clips out here.

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ScHoolboy Q Reveals The Real 'Blank Face LP' Cover Art

(Radio.com) Rapper ScHoolboy Q caused quite a stir when he posted a picture of his album cover earlier this week: the popular crying Michael Jordan meme. Q now says that's not the real cover for his Blank Face LP.

During a segment on TMZ Live, ScHoolboy Q wasn't exactly forthcoming with his reasons for making people believe the Jordan meme was going to be the album cover, but he did show the crew and audience the real cover before tweeting it.

The official cover features an eerie looking man in the woods with no facial expression. The TDE rapper tweeted the cover art with the caption "OFFICIAL - JULY 8th." Check out the cover here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Surprises Young Fan In Nashville

(Radio.com) Kelsea Ballerini gave one young fan a surprise he's sure not to forget. 12-year-old Landon Wall from North Carolina performed his original song "Lost Boy," an answer to Ballerini's single "Peter Pan," at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe earlier in June. When he finished, Ballerini emerged from the audience, asked to borrow his guitar and sang "Peter Pan."

Before he begins performing, Wall tells the crowd, "Me and my dad were driving down the road the other day and we heard Kelsea Ballerini's 'Peter Pan.' There's two sides to every story so we wondered, 'What would Peter Pan's side of the story sound like?'" (via Rolling Stone Country).

The 12-year-old seems wise behind his years. His song touches upon the type of Peter Pan character who gets in his own way and loses a good thing. Once he wraps up to a smattering of applause, Ballerini takes to the stage, gives him a hug and asks to borrow his guitar. "If you're gonna sing the response, I get to sing mine, too," she said.

After her sings "Peter Pan," Wall comes back up onstage to do a quick Snapchat at her request. "So I popped into the Bluebird because my buddy Landon was singing his response to 'Peter Pan,' called 'Lost Boy,' and now we're best friends," she said in the video. "Yes Ma'am," he responded shyly.

Watch both performances here.

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Nick Jonas Reveals How He Was Inspired By Prince

(Radio.com) Nick Jonas released new album Last Year Was Complicated earlier this month and Jonas describes the progression of his music from boy band heart throb to adult RnB star.

One indelible influence along the way was Prince, whose legacy inspired Jonas to find new maturity and depth as a musician. "Hearing their stories about what an incredible performer and creative person [Prince] was, was so inspiring," he told Rolling Stone at Live Nation's National Concert Day.

A key moment for Jonas took place six years ago, when he played with members of Prince's New Power Generation with his blues-rock side project, Nick Jonas & the Administration. From there, the evolution to Last Year Was Complicated was natural and has proven successful. Read more here.

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Vince Staples And Big Sean Give Back To Their Communities

(Radio.com) Vince Staples and Big Sean may have come a long way from where they started-North Long Beach and Detroit, respectively-but that doesn't mean the rappers have forgotten their roots. Far from it. Both recently launched efforts to help youth and college students in their hometowns.

Thanks to Staples' backing and the support of North Long Beach officials, area youth will be able to enroll in a program dedicated to the arts this summer. Youth Institute in North Long Beach, a YMCA program, will enroll 20 area pre-teens this summer to participate in filmmaking, music production and even graphic design, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.

"I think the most important thing is opportunities," Staples said at a press conference on June 14th. "What I can say is, living over here my entire life, I've never had an opportunity given to me from the area, only examples of how to mess up, and what I didn't want to do."

Meanwhile, in Detroit, Big Sean donated $25,000 on June 13 to help combat college homelessness. Read more here.

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Jon Pardi Delivers Throwback Country Music With California Sunrise

(Radio.com) Jon Pardi is a traditional country singer, raised in West Coast honky tonks. His latest record, California Sunrise, features classic melodies, blue-collar lyrics and authentic country instrumentation, complete with real drums, fiddles and the unmistakable twang of a steel guitar.

"There's a growing audience for throwback [country]," Pardi says. 'People want to hear somebody who really enjoyed the '90s country music era and brings that to 2016 country. A lot of this record is bringing an old-school flare back to a mainstream sound, but that gives me my own lane."

Pardi's 2014 debut album, Write You a Song, introduced him to the country crowd through his Top 10 party song 'Up All Night." "I've been hitting the road steady for four years," he says. 'I've learned more about what the radio stations want, and I've learned what the fans want. It's a whole different perspective on your second record, and I kind of took that perspective and put it into the 30-year-old me that loves recording music and loves writing."

Pardi started writing songs by the age of 12 and was in his first band at 14. By 19, he knew Nashville was in his future. Once he arrived in Music City he found his way into Nashville's songwriting community, where he applied a strong work ethic to music. Read more here.

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Avatar Inspired By Fear Of Dying

(TeamRock Radio) Avatar singer Johannes Eckerstrom says parts of their latest album Feathers & Flesh are centered around the fear of dying. Speaking about the band's concept album, which tells the tale of an owl that goes to war with an eagle, the frontman hints that he worries about getting older and the opportunities that passed him by in life.

Speaking to TeamRock at Download after their set on Saturday, Eckerstrom says: "Death anxiety inspires part of it. The main thing is trying to come to terms with certain things in life - like death or time passing and feeling like our time is limited.

"That is one of the central themes for it and, of course, that falls back to when you start to realize you're not 12-years-old any more. Life happens and it keeps on happening. Lots of opportunities will never come back. The older you get, the more you start to realise that." Read more here.

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Alligator Records Boss Looks Back At Scary Star

(The Blues) Alligator Records boss Bruce Iglauer has recalled the label's scary start 45 years ago. He launched what was to become an iconic blues marque in 1971 with a leap of faith, after leaving his job with Delmark Records and signing Hound Dog Taylor and the House Rockers.

Iglauer revealed the following to Chicago Tonight: "I had just enough money to make one record and press 1000 copies of the LP - and if I didn't sell those I was done.

"I had never produced a record before. I knew the band very well - I'd seen them many times and I wanted to capture that live energy that I'd heard. So we recorded everything live. There was no over-dubbing involved and we mixed it as we went. There was no coming back on anything." Read more here.

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Skindred's Benji Webbe Says He Will Never Quit

(Classic Rock) Skindred's Benji Webbe and Arya Goggin say they can't trust anything in the 'rock'n'roll game' except themselves. The vocalist and drummer of the UK outfit say they're lucky to be in the industry after 20 years - but admit they don't rely on record labels to help them succeed.

Webbe tells TeamRock: "The only thing we can trust in this game that's called rock'n'roll is the live performance. That's what we trust in. We don't trust in labels. It's the music we trust in and each other - that's what we believe in. We're the only constant."

Goggin says they're lucky to still be performing as a band after 20 years - with Webbe insisting he'll never quit music. He reports: "I wake up many a night going, 'F***, I gotta do this forever.' See my beautiful black hair? When this is grey, I'm still going to be f***ing doing it - because this is what I f***ing do.

"My brother said, 'Do you want to come and work with me doing painting and decorating?' I can't paint a picture, never mind a wall. This is what we do." Read more here.

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