Day in Rock Report for 04/02/2015

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Confirms Solo Album Plans

(Radio.com) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry Monday night (March 31) and confirmed some major news: Tyler be releasing a solo country album.

According to Rolling Stone Country, during Eric Paslay's set at the famed country music venue, Tyler walked onstage in a floor-length white coat and announced the big news.

Rumors of the Aerosmith star going country have been circulating for months. According to Billboard, Big Machine Label Group is in the process of signing Tyler. This news came shortly after Tyler was featured in an American Idol segment devoted to the label's CEO Scott Borchetta. Read more here.

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Van Halen Tease Ellen Appearance

(hennemusic) Van Halen are set to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today (April 2nd), and the first photos from the band's taping of the daytime talk show have surfaced.

On Wednesday, Eddie Van Halen tweeted a photo from backstage with son/bassist Wolfgang and actor Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family, with the caption "SECURITY!!!! #AprilFools"

The Ellen Show posted an Instagram image of David Lee Roth and Eddie performing on the program, writing "Van Halen is here tomorrow. Get ready to JUMP!"

Van Halen are on the popular daytime talk show to promote this week's release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", the band's first live album with Roth. Check out the photos here.

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John Lennon's First Wife Cynthia Lennon Dead at 75

(Radio.com) Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, has died. She was 75. According to a press release, Lennon died after a "short but brave battle with cancer."

The news of her death was shared via a press release mentioning that her son, Julian Lennon, was with her. "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer," the release reads. "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time."

Cynthia met the future Beatle while both attended Liverpool College of Art in a calligraphy class. They married in 1962 and had one child, Julian, the next year. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Unplug For Classic Song

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have released an unreleased acoustic version of "Wild Horses" as a preview to the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers."

Due May 25 (May 26 in North America), the remastered album will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.

The acoustic take on "Wild Horses" will be featured on the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions of the package, which feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks.

Included are an alternative version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of "Bitch", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "Dead Flowers"; and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including "Honky Tonk Women" and "Midnight Rambler." Check out the video here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd To Release All-Star Concert On CD and DVD

Lynyrd Skynyrd have revealed their plans to release a live album and DVD of their concert where they celebrated their classic live album "One More For the Road" with a list of all-star special guests.

The band have yet to reveal the release date and track details for the "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans!" which was captured during their special show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on November 12, 2014. We were sent these details:

The show featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with special guests Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant.

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Twisted Sister To Move Ahead With Live Plans Despite AJ Pero's Death

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has confirmed the group will perform its scheduled concert dates in 2015 with the help of a professional drummer following the March 20 death of bandmate A.J. Pero.

The drummer died of a heart attack in his sleep in Poughkeepsie, NY at the age of 55 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob; he was just days away from meeting with French to discuss Twisted Sister's upcoming summer schedule.

"We will honor AJ during our shows this year," French writes on his blog at inc.com "A professional drummer who is a friend will be filling in shortly. This will allow us to fulfill our touring obligations and, most important, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future."

Pero was a member of Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997 and from 2001 forward. The drummer joined Adrenaline Mob in 2013 following a split with Mike Portnoy. Read more here.

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Josh Freese and Gavin Harrison Supergroup Exovex Release Album

(Prog) Exovex - the prog ensemble featuring King Crimson and Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison and Josh Freese of Devo, Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle - have released their debut album.

Titled Radio Silence, the project is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Dale Simmons and also includes contributions from Keith Carlock (Sting, John Myer, Steely Dan) and Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree).

Simmons says: "The central theme focuses on the downward spiral and ultimate demise of a man due to the psychological and physical effects of a long-term, self-imposed isolation.

"The songs are a sequence of events, which document his thought processes and eventual deterioration. They are snapshots in time that speak to personal circumstances that drive us to make life-changing decisions, both good and bad." Read more here.

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Ace Frehley Wants Gene Simmons On All-Star Covers Album

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley is sharing an update on plans for an all-star covers album as the follow-up to his 2014 effort, "Space Invader." Frehley originally revealed last summer that the project was in the works and would include guests like Slash, Lita Ford, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

"The album's going to be about my influences," Frehley tells Billboard. "I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley's Comet track."

The guitarist says he has done some overdubs and intends to track another six to eight songs, then pick the best 12 to focus on. The album's track list isn't solidified, but he says he's "probably going to redo both 'Cold Gin' and 'Parasite.' On Kiss records, I'm not singing lead. So I'm going to sing lead on them like I do live so there's studio tracks out there with me."

"I was actually going to ask Gene Simmons to play bass on a track and sing with me," he adds. "I haven't gotten to that stage yet." Read more here.

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Anthrax Returning Closer To Their Thrash Roots With New Album

(Classic Rock) Anthrax's Charlie Benante describes the band's upcoming album as "really thrashy." The drummer and his bandmates are putting the finishing touches to what will be their 11th album and the follow up to 2011's Worship Music.

Benante tells Bravewords: "Worship Music started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. Worship was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy."

The band brought 20 tracks to the studio and Benante previously said they had enough material to put out a double album. The as-yet-untitled record is expected to be released later this year.

Mainman Scott Ian says the new material is "angry" and adds that singer Joey Belladonna has helped the band feel more like a team than ever before. He says: "The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry. Lots of people said that Worship Music was a return to the roots of the band. Well, this record is even more so." Read more here.

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Mick Abrahams Reveals New Solo Album Details

(Classic Rock) Mick Abrahams has revealed details on his upcoming solo album titled Revived. The Blodwyn Pig and former Jethro Tull guitarist will release the record and DVD on April 28 - a few weeks after his 72nd birthday.

He's joined on the 17-track blues recording by a host of musicians including Bill Wyman, Martin Barre, Bernie Marsden, Paul Jones, Mark Feltham, Beverley Skeete, Josh Philips, Jim Rodford and Graham Walker.

Abrahams says: "There are some lovely old songs which I've just taken with no rhyme or reason other than the fact that I like them and have always wanted to play them." Read more here.

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Bumblefoot Tried To Get All-Star Guests For New Album

(Classic Rock) Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal tried to secure some big-name guests for his latest solo album - but ran out of patience with the process. Instead, he did everything on Little Brother Is Watching himself, except the drums.

The guitarist - whose position in Guns N' Roses remains unclear - tells MusicRadar: "I would have liked to have done the star-studded thing, but I was on such a roll that I didn't want to stop.

"Initially I put out some feelers, but it turned into, 'You've got to talk to the manager, the agent, this person and that.' After a while I just said, 'I don't have time for this. I've got to keep moving.'"

But Bumblefoot says it means that, asides from sticksman Dennis Leeflang's contribution, the album is "the full me." Read more here.

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Tommy Bolin 'Teaser' Reissue Preview Video Released

(Classic Rock) A video has been released giving fans a closer look at the upcoming reissue of Tommy Bolin's debut solo album. Teaser is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its 1975 release and will be issued as a 3-disc collection on May 18 via UDR.

The one-time Zephyr and James Gang guitarist originally released the work while he was a member of Deep Purple. He died of a drug overdose the following year, at the age of 25.

Teaser 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set includes the album accompanied by two live CDs featuring long-lost outtakes and alternative mixes. The live CDs are made up of performances from Ebbets Field, The Northern Lights, My Father's Place and Albany. Watch the video here.

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Robert Plant's Solo Career Special In The Studio

Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's solo career is the focus of a new web exclusive episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio. The show sent over these details about the Plant solo career retrospective.

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant's post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985's Shaken'n'Stirred and March 1990's Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set which chronicles Plant's prolific solo output.

It was Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, with whom he fronted for twelve fabled years. Angular extended songs "In the Mood" and the cryptic "Big Log" became rock radio staples in the States, followed by "Little by Little" from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.

Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song "Tall Cool One", brilliantly sampling the "thunder of the gods" iconic Led licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. "Heaven Knows" and "Ship of Fools" made Now and Zen a blockbuster, with "Hurting Kind" in 1990 from Manic Nirvana twenty-five years ago and the tender heartfelt "29 Palms" on Fate of Nations.

Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how Plant views himself and how he continues to evolve as an artist. "I can't really stand in middle ground and be showered with confetti and compliments. The most important thing to me is to expand what I'm doing and take people with me… or not."

Listen to the episode here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Star Launching Tattoo Removal Business

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer's own tattoo regret has inspired him to start a laser removal business which will be opening in Las Vegas on April 3 (Friday).

His experience of having cartoon character Yosemite Sam burned off at the age of 26 - a decade after he'd had it done - has motivated him to launch Phase Tattoo Removal.

Spencer recalls his procedure as "tedious and painful" and wants to spare others from going through the same thing. He says: "People sometimes regret having a tattoo with a former lover's name, or one that was poorly executed. Like me, they may want the old one faded enough to have new ink covering it, or have it removed completely." Read more here.

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Robert Fripp Inspired Gavin Harrison's New Solo Album

(Prog) Gavin Harrison credits King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp with lighting the way for the drummer's solo album Cheating The Polygraph. The eight-track title, to be launched via Kscope on April 13, sees Harrison revisiting songs from his Porcupine Tree years in a big band style.

He recently revealed how the concept came about after a 2009 tribute event for late drummer Buddy Rich. Now Harrison tells the Kscope Podcast: "If I've learned anything from Robert Fripp, it's that you need a good big idea."

The drummer, along with arranger Laurence Cottle, came up with the concept of adding to their chosen tracks with material from other Porcupine Tree material.

"It's good practice, especially when you have a great arranger, to bring in themes from other songs," Harrison says. "I had a whole list of really good riffs in other songs that we could steal. Laurence could work in any riff from any other song, in any other key in any other time signature, into any song we were working on." Read more here.

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Blind Guardian Recruit Orphaned Land For Upcoming Tour

(Prog) Orphaned Land have revealed that they will be hitting the road with Blind Guardian once again, this time supporting them on their upcoming European tour.

The Israeli outfit opened for the German group last year and will once again join them for the latest run of shows, which sees them take in one UK date at London's Forum on April 12.

Vocalist Kobi Farhi says: "We're super excited to support the amazing Blind Guardian on their European tour. This is a great chance for us to expose our music to many new potential fans and a chance for our fans to see us play at killer venues." Read more here.

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Heights Release 'Centrifuge' Video

(Prog) Heights have premiered their live video for Centrifuge with Prog. The track appears on the trio's third album, Phantasia On The High Processions Of Sun, Moon And Countless Stars Above, to be released on April 27.

The video was shot by Small Pond Recordings and its launch comes ahead of the Heights' appearance at The Hope, Brighton, on April 4 (Saturday). Guitarist Al Heslop tells Prog: "Centrifuge has a cyclic riff that re-occurs in various forms.

"It was partially inspired by Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey - it features a space station with a centrifugal design that simulates gravity, shot to mind-bending effect.

"We've had the song in our live set for a few years now, so we were able to have some fun with it." Watch the video here.

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Tarja Turunen Releases 'Until My Last Breath' Video

(Prog) Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has released a music video for her track Until My Last Breath. It comes from her upcoming live album Luna Park Ride.

The new live release was recorded by fans in Buenos Aires in 2011. It'll be released on 2CD, 2LP, DVD, Blu-ray and on digital formats via earMusic on June 1.

The CD, DVD and Blu-ray editions come with over 70 minutes of bonus material taken from her shows between 2010-2014, including her Summer Breeze festival performance last year in Germany. Watch the video here.

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Cradle Of Filth Reveal New Album's Inspiration

(TeamRock Radio) Cradle Of Filth have revealed the inspiration behind upcoming album Hammer Of The Witches. It's released on June 26 via Nuclear Blast and will be the follow-up to 2012's The Manticore And Other Horrors.

The band say in a statement: "The album is inspired by the 1486 treatise on the prosecution of witches by Heinrich Kramer and subtitled Goetic Justice, as the theme is one of violent revenge for violent persecution.

"The album - fingers crossed and hopefully not by torture - will be delivered up to the proper authorities on April 20. You have been warned." Read more here.

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Paradise Lost Tried New Approach On Forthcoming Album

(TeamRock Radio) Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh has described 14th release The Plague Within as a "marmite album." The follow-up to 2012's Tragic Idol will be released on June 1 via Century Media - and it sees the Yorkshire outfit once again pushing musical boundaries.

Mackintosh tells Total Guitar: "Sometimes it's nice to do albums that are expected, in a way. But for a career like ours it's important to do certain records and songs where you try something else."

The band aimed to "blur lines" between harmonies and rhythms during recording sessions, with the aim of achieving a more blended sound. The guitarist says: "It was an interesting way of working that we hadn't done before - more constructive." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Cold Shoulders (The Ready Set/Dresses/Plug In Stereo)

Cold Shoulders, featuring Jordan Witzigreuter of The Ready Set, Jared Ryan Maldonado of Dresses, and Trevor Dahl of Plug In Stereo, release their self-titled EP on April 12th. To celebrate we asked Jordan to tell us about the single "Wasting Away". Here is the story:

This was the first song Trevor and I had written together, I think I had just gotten home from a tour with The Ready Set and we decided to give it a shot. Both of our other projects at the time were way different than this stuff, I know I personally hadn't had the chance to work on anything non-electronic and not super pop, so I was really stoked about doing something like this where we could kind of just do whatever and not over think it.

To me personally it's about feeling trapped while waiting for something good to happen and how mind-numbing that can be. I definitely channeled a bit of frustration about a label situation I was in during the time we wrote this- I think it's really the only time I've made any reference to that in a song. It was super refreshing getting to be open about things like that in a way that isn't just complaining.

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

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