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Day in Rock Report for 04/03/2015


Van Halen Wanted To Release Lost Early Recordings

(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen has revealed that the group's newly-released album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", wasn't the band's original plan for the follow-up to 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth."

"We were trying to figure out what to do since we didn't have time to put a studio record together," the guitarist tells the Washington Times. "My son Wolfgang is working on his own project. Dave is off doing his thing.

"What I originally wanted to do was remix the original 25 song demos. That would have been really cool. But the tapes are lost. They are gone. So that was out the window."

The demos Eddie refers to were recorded for Warner Brothers Records in 1977 - prior to the release of their groundbreaking self-titled debut in February of 1978.

Material from those sessions has been re-recorded for inclusion on a number of Van Halen albums over the years, including the group's reunion record with original frontman David Lee Roth, "A Different Kind Of Truth."

"Then we started digging through bootlegs from the club days," Eddie continues. "We tried our best to make those sound good, but ultimately it wasn't good enough to put out." Read more here.

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Megadeth Announce Their New Guitarist

(hennemusic) Megadeth have officially announced the addition of guitarist Kiko Loureiro to the band. Formerly with Brazilian band Angra, Louriero replaces outgoing member Chris Broderick after he left the group last November.

"I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! Magazine," says Dave Mustaine. "I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard.

"Since then I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, 'the best is yet to come!'" Read more here.

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Rolling Stones May Play Entire 'Sticky Fingers' Album On Tour

(Gibson) Fast on the heels of news that the Rolling Stones are touring this summer comes word that the band is considering performing their classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, in its entirety.

"We're floating the idea of playing the whole album," frontman Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone. "At the very least, we'll play the songs we don't normally play."

A deluxe version of the album hits stores on May 26, which will no doubt figure into the decision. One concern of Jagger's is that the disc contains a preponderance of slow-tempo songs-"Normally we just [perform] one or two ballads," he says-but the band plans to explore the idea in rehearsals nonetheless.

"I'm sure we'll have a go at it," he says. "We play a lot of the tunes and know them pretty well. I think we've played them all at least once. It's not like trying to do [the 1967 psych-rock album] Their Satanic Majesties Request." Read the Gibson report here.

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Metallica's New Music Is Unique But Still Heavy

(TeamRock Radio) Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo says in a new interview that the band is "having a blast" as they write their 10th album - but he can't define how the work sounds yet.

There's no completion date for the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, although drummer Lars Ulrich recently said they were aiming to include some of the material in this year's summer shows.

Trujillo tells Rolling Stone: "We're working on these songs, we are being productive and having fun." Asked whether the music feels like an extension of Death Magnetic, he replies: "I can't say that yet. I can't relate it to any album - I think every Metallica album is unique."

He continues: "What we're doing is special and unique, but still heavy. For me as a listener, there's a certain edge that needs to be there." Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge Releases 'New World' Video

(Radio.com) Tom DeLonge forges his way solo in his latest music video for "New World." The first song released off his upcoming debut solo album To the Stars ' Demos, Odds and Ends, the Blink-182 founding member shows his aggression in the new video.

The video itself has DeLonge standing alone in a black leather jacket and cuts to clips of him lashing out and breaking everything he sees in sight at the studio, including a TV, computer, drum kit and lamps with his electric guitar.

'My head will ache, I brave the fire/ Yeah, I found a new world/ My heart awaits, the grand design/ I found a new door," he sings. To the Stars ' Demos, Odds and Ends will be available on April 21. The album will include tracks from DeLonge's "personal stash" including new songs written by DeLonge and demos originally intended and written for Blink-182. Watch the video here.

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AC/DC Add New North American Tour Date

(hennemusic) AC/DC have expanded the North American leg of their Rock Or Bust world tour with a September 17 show at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

AC/DC will launch their 2015 live dates when they headline the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on Friday April 10 and Friday April 17; the band will then kick off a European tour May 5 in Arnhem, Netherlands.

The legendary hardrockers will be kicking off the late summer/early fall tour of North America on August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Read more here.

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INXS's Tim Farriss Out Of Action For A Year After Accident

(TeamRock Radio) INXS guitarist Tim Farriss says he'll be out of action for at least a year after severing his finger in a freak accident. His ring finger was ripped off after he caught it on a winch on board his boat in Sydney, Australia in February - leading to fears he might never play again.

Now he tells the Herald Sun about his recovery: "It's going as well as can be expected. I will be strapped for another year. The whole finger came off pretty much, so the recovery was never going to be fast."

Farriss adds he's facing his rehabilitation "one day at a time" after two rounds of surgery and reveals he's been undertaking work at his farm in Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales. Read more here.

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David Bowie Co-Writes The Man Who Fell To Earth Inspired Musical

(hennemusic) David Bowie's new stage musical, "Lazarus", will see its world premiere this fall in New York and include new songs written by the singer, according to reports.

Co-written by Bowie and Enda Walsh, the production - directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions, Obie Awards) - is inspired by the 1963 novel, "The Man Who Fell To Earth" by Walter Tevis, and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, previously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 sci-fi screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.

"Lazarus" will features songs specially composed by Bowie for the stage production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs. Read more here.

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Chester Bennington Taking New Approach In Stone Temple Pilots

(Classic Rock) Chester Bennington says he's stepping out of his comfort zone for the upcoming Stone Temple Pilots album. And the vocalist, who suffered a serious ankle injury in January which forced the cancellation of a run of Linkin Park shows, says he's getting the chance to express himself in new ways with STP.

He tells Artists Direct: "With Linkin Park, things are pretty literal. Writing for STP, I get to be a lot more poetic - I get to be a lot more clever with my wording. It makes it fun because I get to be more colorful.

"With this new record, the music is pretty insane. With the melodies, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. It's definitely something I enjoy doing because it helps me think differently in terms of how to get a point across." Read more here.

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Panic! At the Disco Lose Founding Member

Panic! At the Disco have announced that Spencer Smith has officially left the group. Smith, who was a founding member of the band, went on hiatus from group in 2013 to treat his addictions.

Smith released the following statement to fans via the group's official website: "To our fans…After 10 years of being a part of this unbelievable journey it saddens me to say that I will be leaving Panic. This was not an easy decision to come to, but after a lot of thinking it became clear that this is what's right for me and the band. I love this band with all my heart, and getting to see it grow from 4 kids in my parents garage to what it is now has been incredible. I loved it all. But, at a certain point, I realized that I wasn't able to be there for the band the way I wanted to be, and more importantly, the way they needed me to be.

"I consider myself extremely lucky to have been surrounded by the people I have been all these years. They truly are my best friends. A few years ago, when my addiction grabbed hold, and wouldn't let go, they could have easily kicked me out, and never looked back, but they didn't. Instead, they encouraged me to seek treatment, and gave me the time I needed to get my life back in order. They helped me through those rough times, and now, on the other side, with two years sobriety from prescription medication, and working on a year sobriety from alcohol, I am nothing but grateful for all they have done. It's things like that that always made this band feel more like a family to me than anything else.

"When we were together in the studio or on stage I wasn't with co workers at a job, I felt at home with my brothers. Looking back over the past decade I still have to pinch myself to believe it was all real. I still remember waiting all day to get out of school so we could go write songs, and record demos on a drum machine and a 30 dollar keyboard. I remember being so nervous when Pete came to town to watch us play the only 3 songs we had, and then going to Del Taco where he treated us to a well deserved meal (as any self respecting AnR guy should). I remember pulling all night triple shifts driving around the country in a conversion van with a single axle trailer on our first tour.

"Im going to miss it all. Staying up all night writing songs, and recording them over and over until my hands would bleed. Catching red eye flights to get to a photo shoot or video shoot, and being so delirious on set we never thought we'd stop laughing. Explaining to our manager that I wanted to perform on top of a ten foot tall carousel and have a caged tiger on stage, and being surprised when that didn't seem 'totally reasonable' to everyone else. I'm going to miss the good interviews, the bad interviews, and the interview in Germany when we were asked 'your new album doesn't seem to be as good as your last…why?'. Or being in rural China where I'm almost positive we were served horse, but we ate it anyway so we wouldn't offend the women who spent all day cooking for us, and you know what, it was pretty good. Or the time we were stranded in a Russian airport for 20 hours, and the only thing that kept us sane were the funny pictures or videos of encouragement you would send us. All of those moments that made me want to say, 'I've had enough, this is crazy, I quit!' those are some of my favorite memories now. But what will stick with me the most is showing up in city after city and finding more and more of you who had learned the lyrics to all our songs, or had made home made t-shirts with our faces surrounded in puff paint, or baked us cookies from your grandmas secret recipe and put a single hair in each one (ok, that one was a little creepy…creepy, but delicious). For me, that's what made it all so surreal. Yes, getting to travel around the world with my friends was no doubt some of the best memories of my life, but it was what happened during that hour and a half on stage each night that was truly magic.

"And none of it was possible without you. Whether it was in front of 15 people at Brendon's church social or 15,000 people in a field somewhere in England. What we created, the four of us onstage, and you in the audience, that was something special. It was on those nights I'd say to myself 'If I could be anywhere in the world tonight, with anyone I wanted, it would be right here with you'. It's what I'll miss the most. So, thank you. I truly cannot wait to see what's next for Panic, whatever it is, it's going to be great. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me the life I only dreamed of 10 short years ago."

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Killswitch Engage Frontman Discusses Direction Of New Music

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage are taking liberties when it comes to writing their next album, frontman Jessie Leach reports. He's gearing up to add vocals to their demos, before recording the follow-up to 2013's 'Disarm The Descent' begins.

Leach tells TeamRock: "They've finished demoing - I'm just getting started myself. It sounds amazing. I'm really stoked." He adds: "Every guy has brought their own style to it and there's some different stuff going on.

"It's definitely a Killswitch record, but I'm excited that some of the guys took a little liberty to go in slightly different directions." But Leach admits he's feeling pressure to deliver top-quality work. Read more here.

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Nickelback Frontman Chad Kroger On The Rigors Of The Road

(TeamRock Radio) Nickelback frontman Chad Kroger says life on the road is hard work but it's still something he loves to do. He tells Sweden's Radio Nova: "It's exhausting, but there's nothing like it. People think it's easy and one big luxury event, but it's a lot of hard work.

"It's like camping. You've got a nice tour bus, so it's glamorous camping, but it's hard travelling all the time. It's a lot of work, and you really have to get used to it. You've really got to love it. If you're a homebody and like being in your own bed every night, seeing your dog and having your favorite food, this is not the job for you."

He continues: "I've seen a lot of people who've tried that I knew were going to struggle with it - bands that I've produced, and bands I've signed. You're looking at him, going, 'You're not going to last six months.'" Read more here.

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Magnum Recording New Album

(Classic Rock) Magnum's Bob Catley has confirmed the band are in studio sessions for their 18th album. Bassist Al Barrow revealed early work had begun in August last year.

Now the vocalist reports they the band is back at Mad Hat Studios, Staffordshire, to record the follow-up to 2014's Escape From The Shadow Garden.

Catley says on Facebook: "It's sounding pretty good so far. Tony Clarkin is doing some guitar parts and I'll be doing some singing pretty soon when he's got some lyrics for me. I think it's going to be a really strong, rocking album as usual.

"The album will be coming out early next year, maybe February - and then we'll be on tour straight away." Read more here.

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Crowbar's Kirk Windstein On Ghosts Of The Road

(TeamRock Radio) Crowbar mainman Kirk Windstein says interacting with fans around the world helps him focus on giving the best performances he can. The singer/guitarist has overcome long-standing problems with alcohol abuse and says he realizes how important it is for fans to see a good show and for it not to be ruined by drunken mistakes.

He says in the latest episode of FreqsTV's Ghosts Of The Road series: "It's important for me - not to sound like Bono from U2 - but it's important to see how excited these people are that we came to their country to play, how long they've been waiting and how crazy they go at the show.

"A kid gave me a postcard from the town he was from, it was 330 kilometres from Sofia in Bulgaria and he had to work the next day. He's like, 'You can read it later, it's kind of a cliche but I wanted to give it to you.' I read it the next morning and I'm like, 'This is great.'

"He was just saying how, even though he had to take a train at 12.30am for a few hours and get up early to go to work, being able to go to the show was what was keeping him going. He had been waiting so long to see the band. That means a lot to me. That the music I make can change somebody from across the world's life in a positive way."

He continues: "I'm just as excited to hit the stage tonight as I was when I was 19-years-old doing Judas Priest cover songs. If you don't still have that same good, nervous, butterfly feeling when you're getting ready to play, then you're just going through the motions.

"It's about the desire to get up and give 110% regardless of what equipment you're working with or how many people are there. None of that sh*t matters." Watch the episode here.

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Deicide Leads The Metal Alliance Tour 2015 Lineup

Deicide have been named as the headliner for this year's installment of The Metal Alliance Tour this spring which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary this year.

Organizers have revealed most of the lineup and the initial dates for the trek which will also feature Entombed AD, Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate and Svart Crown.

The announced dates will be kicking off on May 26th in Montreal, Canada at the Theatre Corona and so far dates have been announced through June 20th in Charlotte, NC at the Tremont Music Hall. See the announced dates here.

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Gallows No Longer Cut and Paste

(TeamRock Radio) Gallows guitarist Laurent Barnard says the band's fourth record marks a major change from their previous "cut and paste" style of songwriting. They'll release Desolation Sounds on April 13 via Play It Again Sam.

And in the third and final part of a documentary series on the making of the album, 'Lags' says more thought has gone into the writing this time. He adds: "We're writing songs now. I feel like throughout Gallows' career there used to be a lot of cut and paste riffs going on.

"On the first album, very little thought went into the songwriting there. I literally just showed the guys the riffs and that was it. We never really thought about which verse fits into which chorus and all that.

"Hopefully it's going to be all worthwhile, but we're pretty happy with what we've got so far." Read more and watch the episode here.

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Van Halen Rock Classic Songs For Ellen

(hennemusic) Van Halen performed their 1984 US No. 1 hit, "Jump", on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday. The group also performed their first US top 40 hit, 1979's "Dance The Night Away", as an online exclusive.

The band appeared on the daytime talk show to promote this week's release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", the band's first live album with David Lee Roth.

On Monday, Van Halen shut down Hollywood Boulevard to perform an 8-song greatest hits set for ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The group will launch a North American tour in support of the live album in Seattle on July 5. Watch the Ellen videos here.

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Supergroup The Rides Complete New Album

(Classic Rock) Blues-rock supergroup The Rides have completed recording, mixing and mastering their second album, guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has confirmed.

He teamed up with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg for 2013 debut Can't Get Enough after a one-off charity appearance proved fruitful. They'd previously said another studio release would take place.

Now Shepherd tells BluesMatters: "We just finished mastering and now we're working on the artwork and release date. The record is great. It's almost all new original songs that we've worked on, and I definitely think it's an improvement on the last record. It defines the sound of the band." Read more here.

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Genesis's Anthony Phillips Fears Formal Study Robbed Originality

(Prog) Genesis co-founder Anthony Phillips fears his study of classical music and guitar may have had a negative effect on his natural creativity. He launched himself into an education programme after leaving the band in 1970, following the recording of second album Trespass.

And in a Facebook Q&A session he accepts there might he a downside to his learning. Asked whether he feels more accomplished as an artist, Phillips says: "Very good question. Definitely more accomplished and have more technique - but worry that some of the formal study may have robbed me of my albeit clumsy originality!"

He believes that he and his former bandmates all carried their teenage experiences at Surrey's Charterhouse School into their music. "We were all quite influenced by the English choral tradition. Tony Banks was influenced by his piano teacher but the rest of us were self-taught at that stage."

Phillips says of the establishment's strict rules: "Poor Mike Rutherford had a very difficult sadistic housemaster, which made it worse for him. Our housemaster - Pete, Tony and I - was a kinder man." Read more here.

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Eschar Streaming New Album 'Nova' Online

(Prog) Post-rock instrumentalists Eschar are streaming their second album Nova in full with Prog. The nine-track follow-up to 2012 debut Elements was released today April 3.

The Woking-based quartet say: "Nova is about progression - we mean that in every sense of the word. When compared with Elements, we all believe this is a serious step up. It's bigger, more expansive, and has care and attention lavished on it at every point."

Eschar have played alongside 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill and others. They'll appear at the ArcTanGent festival in Somerst on August 20 after a short run of UK shows, with more to be added. See the dates and stream the album here.

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New Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Preview Goes Online

(hennemusic) A new preview clip from the forthcoming documentary, "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", has surfaced. The footage reveals notes from Cobain's diaries that include a selection of possible band names for consideration before the group eventually decided on Nirvana.

"Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" director Brett Morgen recently announced the new documentary about the late Nirvana frontman will debut in three US cities in advance of its premiere on cable channel HBO on May 4.

"4/24 Montage of Heck will open in Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City," tweeted Morgen, who oversaw the project with executive producer - and Cobain's daughter - Frances Bean.

Morgen has also announced a series of international cinema debuts, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland (April 9), the UK (April 10), Sweden (April 27), Italy, Australia and New Zealand (April 30). Watch the preview here.

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Keith Emerson's Three Fates Project Part Of Moog Event

(Classic Rock) A performance by Keith Emerson's Three Fates Project will bring the curtain down on a celebration of the life of Dr. Robert Moog. The Moog Concordance event - to mark the 10th anniversary of Moog's passing - will be held at London's Barbican Centre from July 8-10 and will also include a performance from The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, featuring Portishead's Adrian Utley and composer Graham Fitkin.

Dr. Moog unveiled the Moog modular synthesizer more than 50 years ago and it had a massive impact on music and instrument design. The Three Fates Project show sees Emerson and his band appear alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra. It features Emerson's Moog solos and is billed as more than just a rock-meets-orchestra performance.

The project's title is taken from a track from the 1970 debut album of prog rock ensemble Emerson, Lake & Palmer who were a favourite band of Bob Moog and who brought his synthesiser sound to some of the largest live audiences of the 70s. Read more here.

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Mick Jagger Interviewed On WTF Podcast

(Radio.com) Marc Maron is having the best week ever: The man behind the WTF Podcast finally interviewed living legend and his personal hero Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones icon phoned in to the show shared on everything from the band's Sticky Fingers reissue to their upcoming Zip Code stadium tour and his current relationship with Keith Richards.

On the topic of the band's impending tour, Jagger said that he would try to diversify the group's setlist and play some surprises like "Sister Morphine, which the band hasn't performed live in almost 10 years.

Jagger also revealed that they've thought about just playing Sticky Fingers in full. 'It might work, and it might not," Jagger said. 'It's got quite a few slow songs on it. Maybe it'll work; you gotta see." Read more and listen here.

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Singled Out: The Damnwells' Lost

Today Alex Dezen of The Damnwells tells us about the song "Lost", the first single from their forthcoming self-titled album, which is set to be released on April 14th. Here is the story:

I started working on "Lost" right when I got back from Nashville. I literally walked in the door, sat down, and started playing the verse chords and melody. I brought what I had to my buddy Sandy Chila, who wrote the song with me, and he said he really loved what I had, but felt it was more of a verse than a chorus. (I had assumed it would be the chorus when I wrote it.)

We started working on different changes, going major at the top of the chorus and singing out some long, emotional notes, but all the lyrics I had were stupid and melodramatic. Stuff like "I miss you," and crap that never leaves the cutting room floor. We took a break, got some coffee, and just started talking.

I was still going through a divorce, and now a post marriage break-up. It's hard to write about those things without sounding like an cliched idiot. And then I thought f*** it. I'm just going to say how I feel. I don't feel sad. I don't feel mad. I don't feel happy or anything like that either. I wasn't numb or tired or restless. I was lost. Plain and simple. So, that's what I sang.

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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