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Day in Rock Report for 04/07/2015


Megadeth Attempted To Reunite With 'Rust In Peace' Lineup

(hennemusic) Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza says a reunion of the band's classic 1990s lineup fell apart during recent negotiations. Menza has revealed that he and guitarist Marty Friedman were in talks to rejoin the group following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover.

"To my fans," wrote Menza in a released statement, "I hate disappointing all of you who have been asking and hopeful that Marty Friedman and I would rejoin Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson to resurge the classic 'Rust In Peace' lineup.

"I was totally ready and excited to get back in Megadeth. I went to Dave's house/studio in San Diego this past December and we jammed for the weekend and it was totally cool. We instantly fell right back into our musical groove together.

"We have great chemistry. It's a magical thing! And, yes, that's me, the 'mystery' drummer whose face is hidden in the YouTube videos Justis Mustaine posted..."

"A few weeks after this," Menza continues, "we all got together with our old manager Ron Laffitte for a dinner meeting at the Anaheim White House restaurant during NAMM. It was great seeing Ron and Marty. We all talked about the plans for a new record and touring and I made it known I was into rejoining and making this my priority. I was pumped, and even went as far as recording drums on five new Megadeth songs Dave had sent me.

"As soon as I got home and it was time to sit down and negotiate my terms in writing, I was offered a very unfair deal that was so wrong. They didn't feel I was worth anything to the band. Dave blocked my emails, changed his number and then, apparently, Ron Laffitte was fired as the band's manager. Here is one of my favorite bands and a huge part of my life achievements and I was shut out for wanting a fair deal." Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield Plan Acoustic Benefit

Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield have announced that they are once again teaming up to host the "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert.

The second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" will be taking place at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15th and will raise funds for children's brain tumor research at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

So far the artists confirmed to take part in the event include Alice In Chain's Jerry Cantrell, Linda Perry, Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith, Train's Pat Monahan and Joe Satriani.

According to the announcement, "each legendary artist will be performing acoustic sets - with once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, duets, jams and surprise guests planned."

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Framing Hanley Announce Farewell Tour

Framing Hanley have announced that they are breaking up after eight years and they will be giving fans a chance to say goodbye by launching a farewell tour later this month.

The band's final trek, dubbed the "FHarewell Tour", is scheduled to kick off on April 24th in Tupelo, MS at Good Time Charlie's and will conclude on May 23rd in Clarksville, TN at The Warehouse.

The band posted the following message on their Facebook page: "The last 8 years of our lives have spawned memories that we'll cherish forever. Stories that we'll all have & share with our children, our grandchildren, those stories only exist because of any of YOU that have supported us at any time over the last 8 years. Whether it be the purchase of a single, whether it be coming out to a show, whether it be you picking up a copy of one of our albums, whether it be you simply telling someone to check out Framing Hanley; ANY of that…YOU kept this ship sailing. A special shout out to everyone involved in our Kickstarter for our last album. The only reason there was a third album was because of you. That's not hyperbole. That's truth; that's fact. You did something remarkable for us. While I know that we can't ever express to you the amazing things you've done to our lives, we still thank you from the bottom of our hearts and will continue thank you for the rest of our lives.

"That being said, at this juncture in our lives, we know that we can not give Framing Hanley the time/attention/and overall nurturing required to keep this thing running in the capacity it has been for 8 years. Out of respect for what we've accomplished together, we have decided that this is the time to close the book on Framing Hanley. It wasn't an easy decision, to say the least. However, simply put: it's impossible to keep this going anymore.

"**Author's note: I know it's not necessary, but before I go any further, please let me tell you that I absolutely cannot express to you enough that this isn't some secret 'all the band members hate each other' bullsh*t. There is nothing but love here and I know in absolute certainty that we will all continue to be in each other's lives on a daily basis.**

"I realize that I just killed the mood in here with the 'yo, we're breaking up,' but if I'm being real here, we want to create a few more special memories before we punch out our time-card. With that in mind, we aren't going out without a last tour! A FHarewell Tour, if you will (I know, I know…that one's worthy of a dick-punch). I will post the dates at the bottom of this entire novel. We wish we could realistically come to every town that we've made friends in over the years, but, sadly, that's impossible. Know this, though: these are not ALL of the dates. There will be another set of dates coming that will go into June. If you're reading this, I hope that we're coming to a town near you, and I hope that you will come join us for a night of rock n roll and memories; and a proper goodbye (aka: porty).

"To all of our friends in Europe & Australia: we wish more than anything that we could return & have a 'going out' party with you as well, but unfortunately that's just not an option. Please know that it breaks our damn hearts. Specifically speaking to our FHamily in the UK & Ireland: I cannot stress enough to you how much we're gonna miss playing in front of y'all. So many of our fondest memories happened on your soil. Thank you for embracing us the way you all did. From the very first trip, to the most recent tour last year, you all had our backs from day one, and we appreciate that so much. We had some very special times; thank you.

"ALLLLLL of you, again, thank you for ever being a part of this ride. We love you. You changed our lives. Please understand that we mean that when we say that. You truly CHANGED OUR LIVES." See the dates.

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Gwar Reportedly Sued Over Dave Brockie's Remains

(TeamRock Radio) Gwar have reportedly been accused of stealing late frontman Dave Brockie's remains and trying to capitalize on his death. The singer - also known as Oderus Urungus - died of a heroin overdose on March 23, 2014, at the age of 50.

In a lawsuit filed by the late singer's father William Brockie, the band are also said to have failed to pay Brockie's estate what it is owed for his final tour with the band.

It also alleges that they stole his bass guitars, artwork and other personal items including a gold record and that they attempted to take control of his estate from William Brockie.

NBC News reports that the lawsuit was filed on Thursday in a state circuit court in Richmond, Virginia. William Brockie, the administrator of the singer's estate, is suing the band for $1million in compensatory damages as well as for alleged breach of contract and unauthorized use of Dave Brockie's image. The lawsuit also demands the return of Brockie's cremated remains. Read more here.

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Twisted Sister Announce AJ Pero Tribute Concert

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister have announced that they will honor their late drummer, AJ Pero, with a tribute concert at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on June 13.

A member of Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997 and from 2001 forward, Pero died of a heart attack in his sleep on March 20 in Poughkeepsie, NY at the age of 55 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob.

This past weekend, Pero's longtime girlfriend Michele Agnello launched a crowdfunding campaign to ask fans for assistance with some short-term bills as she and the couple's 14-year-old daughter Brianna deal with incoming bills following his passing. Read more here.

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Yes and Toto Teaming Up For Summer Tour

Yes and Toto have announced that they will be teaming up this summer to launch a North American coheadlining tour, confirming comments from David Paich and Alan White back in January that the two group were planning the trek.

The tour will be kicking off on August 7th in Mashantucket CT at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods and concluding September 12th in Coquitlam BC at the Hard Rock Casino.

Yes bass player Chris Squire had this to say, "We're thrilled to be hitting the road with Toto. Yes have always been big fans of Toto's music, and we think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing both of us together."

Toto's Steve Lukather says, "We are so honored to be touring with our musical hero's YES. Life changing music for me and the guys and we even have a song on our new record totally inspired by them so it is a lifelong love of their music that has kept us fans to this day.

"We all stood and waited in line for tix to see Close to the Edge and Topographic.. many many shows as young upcoming musicians/fans in the 70's and were blown away and inspired to be better musicians and composers by Yes' amazing music, musicianship and insanely cool live shows. This is a crazy dream come true for us and we can't wait to do this tour and to make new friends and solidify old friendships." See the tour dates here.

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Skid Row Replace Singer Johnny Solinger

Singer Johnny Solinger announced on Monday that he has left Skid Row after 15 years so that he can focus on pursuing his solo career and band has already revealed his replacement.

Solinger, who replaced original vocalist Sebastian Bach when the band reformed in 1999, broke the news to Skid Row fans with the following on Facebook : "I have decided to leave Skid Row to pursue my solo career.

"The past 15 years has been a great experience and I have appreciated the opportunity to be the lead singer in one of the most prominent bands of the 1990's and share stages with the likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and KISS performing in front of millions throughout the world. I wish Skid Row the best of luck in their future pursuits. \m/"

Skid Row have recruited former TNT frontman Tony Harnell to take over for Solinger. Their new frontman had this to say, "I'm so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans!

"The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It's time to rock!"

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Inks Deal For Country Solo Album

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has officially signed with Nashville country music label Dot Records to release his debut solo album. Part of the Big Machine Label Group led by President/CEO Scott Borchetta, Dot Records was revived last year by the parent company after originally being a powerhouse 1950s outfit that released records by Pat Boone, Roy Clark and others before closing in 1978.

"There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine," says Tyler, "and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project. . . and Dot Records is the right fit.

"My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family, and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots.

"I've been working with some f***ing epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with the style and groove." Tyler announced his intent to record a country album during a Twitter Q&A last October. Read more here.

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Scott Weiland Cancels Show Following Guitarist's Death

(hennemusic) Scott Weiland has postponed his April 9 show at The Garage in London following the recent death of guitarist Jeremy Brown. Brown died of undisclosed causes on March 30 at the age of 34.

"Unfortunately, due to our guitar player Jeremy Brown's passing, this week's show in London will be postponed until September 3rd," Weiland said in an online posting.

"We will be coming back to play a full UK and European tour at that time. Your current tickets will be good for the show on September 3rd at The Garage, and thank you to all of our fans for understanding while we grieve and take next steps to be back for the US tour in May." Read more here.

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Rise Against, Killswitch Engage and letlive Plan Summer Tour

Rise Against have announced that they will be launching a North American headline tour this summer that will feature support from Killswitch Engage and letlive.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on July 17th in Chicago, Il at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island and will conclude on August 16th in Denver, CO at the Fillmore Auditorium.

Prior to the headline tour, Rise Against will be performing at a number of music festivals including Carolina Rebellion, Beale Street Music Festival, Rock in Rio Las Vegas, Rock on the Range and Rock the Park. See the tour dates here.

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The Story So Far Streaming New Song 'Solo'

The Story So Far are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming self-titled studio album with the online streaming premiere of the new song entitled "Solo."

The band's third album will be released by Pure Noise Records on May 19th and was produced by Sam Pura at the Panda Studios in Fremont, CA. Stream the new song here.

Last month the band gave fans their first listen of music from the new album with the premiere of the song "Nerve" which can be streamed here.

The Story So Far will be launching a North American headline tour on May 1st in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory. The trek will feature support from Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs. See the tour dates here.

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Launching Photography Exhibition

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has announced that he will launching a photography exhibition entitled "D RANDALL BLYTHE: Show Me What You're Made Of."

The exhibition will be run from May 2nd until June 30th and will be staged at Sacred Gallery NYC which is located in Manhattan's SoHo District. The opening reception will take place on May 2nd from 8-11pm.

Randy had this to say, "I've been lucky enough to travel literally around the world several times for my job, and for the last few years I have carried a camera with me everywhere I go.

"Show Me What You're Made Of will showcase fine art prints of what I consider to be some of the most striking images that I have collected, both at home and during my travels. The body of work is quite diverse, and in an attempt to highlight that diversity, all the photos will be shown in custom made frames made of reclaimed wood, adding to the individuality of each piece.

"The frames are made by my friend, Richmond, VA musician Greta Brinkman (former bassist for Moby, The Deborah Harry Band, White Cross, and currently with RVA doom merchants Drug Lord). I am especially pleased to have my first exhibit at Sacred Arts, a gallery with such a solid connection to my community- the underground music and arts scene. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the opening, so come on out, check out some photography, and be sure to say hi to me and Greta!"

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Young Rockers V2 Score Hit With Classic Rock Sound

V2 (pronounced V Squared), a young rock duo featuring twin brothers Vittorio on guitar and Vincenzo on drums, have scored a radio hit with the title track of their debut album.

"We Are V2" is enjoying its second week at the top of the National Radio Airplay Charts for Independent Artists and is currently at No. 3 Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart and No. 3 on the National Airplay Top 50 Rock chart.

Legendary rock producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss and more) took the band under his wing for their debut album which includes a cover of AC/DC's "High Voltage".

Nevison had this to say about working with the band "Having produced multi-platinum albums for some of the greatest rock bands over the last 40 years, I knew Vittorio and Vincenzo had a very special talent.

"Their songwriting, musicianship and performance skills are off the hook for rockers even twice their age. These kids appeal to the over 40 crowd because they are playing new, original rock songs with a sound from the past that middle age adults appreciate and at the same time, V2 is introducing the 1970 - 1980's rock sound to their own generation. It's a one-two punch that creates a knock-out commercial success." Stream the title track here.

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Lucifer's Friend Reunite and Release New Music

Lucifer's Friend have reunited and are celebrating by releasing a new compilation album that features a bonus disc that includes four new studio recordings.

The digital version of the new compilation, entitled "Awakening," was released on Monday and includes 10 of the band's classic tracks the bonus tracks. Order the digital versions here and Amazon lists a April 14th release date for the CD version here.

Peter Hesslein had this to say, "Over the years I have been asked many times, by all sorts of people, regarding a re-union / re-formation of Lucifer's Friend. As there are currently several international bands releasing cover versions of our old songs and in particular creating a "Hype" about Lucifer's Friend amongst the skateboarder's world-wide, we thought that before it really is too late, to give our fans, especially the younger ones, a chance to experience a part of the founder members of Hard Rock..."

Dieter Horns says, "When I received the first call regarding a re-union of Lucifer's Friend, on the spot I was wide awake and electrified. In recent decades we often discussed the possibility of a restart, made contact with studios and record companies, but now it should finally come true."

John Lawton adds, "The reformation of Lucifer's Friend has been a long time coming, but we all feel that the time is right…To get back together with the guys with whom I had worked together for so many years and recorded albums that have in many respects stood the test of time, is for me, an upcoming highlight. We're joined by Yogi Wichman on keyboards, who played on our last album Sumo Grip, but unfortunately the original drummer Addi Rietenbach died many years ago, so we will be introducing drummer Stephan Eggert into the band line-up…" See the tracklisting here.

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Battlecross Announce Tour With Crowbar and Lord Dying

Battlecross have announced that they will be hitting the road with Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour in late spring and early summer.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 28th in Shreveport, LA at the Riverside Warehouse and will conclude on July 3rd at Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA.

Battlecross guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala had this to say about the trek, "I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar. Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I've been a fan.

"Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It's an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity. We're excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada...it's been too long! See you all soon."

Following the tour, Battlecross have also announced that they will be performing at this year's Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th. See the Summer Of Doom Tour dates here.

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Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors To Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors have announced that they will be making their national television debut with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday, April 15th.

The group, who are currently on a North American headline tour, will be performing songs from their latest album "Medicine" on the late night show. Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35/10:35c on ABC.

They will also be taking part in the Tour de Compadres tour this spring and summer. The first leg, which also features Needtobreathe, Ben Rector, and Colony House, will be kicking off on April 23rd at the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The second leg will also feature Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, and Colony House and will be launching on July 9th at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA and concluding on August 19th at Ravinia in Highland Park, IL. See the tour dates here.

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Crooks UK Release 'A Few Peaceful Days' Video

Crooks UK have released a music video for a track from their forthcoming album that will be released under a new deal with Headphone Music / Equal Vision Records.

The video is for the song "A Few Peaceful Days" which will be released as a digital single on April 13th. Frontman Josh Rogers had this to say about the track, "This song is completely up for people's own interpretation. The most important thing for me about Crooks UK is that the listener can understand initially that the songs are written about fragile subjects, but one can take from that as much or as little as they please, whether they can directly relate to them or not necessarily at all.

"The only thing I'd ever want people to know from listening to our music is that they are not alone, and whatever they are hurting about its honestly ok sometimes to just let it be." Watch the video here

The band will be hitting the road with Such Gold and Transit next month for a UK spring tour that will be kicking off on May 3rd in Kingston and wrapping up on May 22nd in Cardiff. See the tour dates here.

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The Sixxis Announce Tour Dates With Ministry

The Sixxis have announced that they will be hitting the road with Ministry later this month for a North American spring tour in support of their forthcoming album.

The tour will be kicking off on April 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Revolution and will be concluding on June 15th in 15 - Edmonton, AB at Encore.

The Sixxis' new album "Hollow Shrine", which was produced by multiple Grammy winner David Bottrill at Goodwood Sound Studios, will be released on May 1st. See the tour dates here.

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Silverchair Frogstomp Back Onto The Charts

(Gibson) Twenty years after it was first released, the debut album by Aussie grunge stars Silverchair has again hit the Australian Top 20. Frogstomp was released in March 1995 and it quickly established the Newcastle trio as serious contenders in the grunge scene.

The album reached Number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling over 2 million copies in America and staying on the charts for 49 weeks. Back home it hit number one on the ARIA charts in April of that year and stayed there for four weeks, going on to sell five times platinum. The band members were all 14 years old at the time.

The album has been reissued as a deluxe set which also includes the Tomorrow EP and five live tracks. It also includes rare original photographs of the band taken by Tony Mott and more.

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Singled Out: Agnostic Front's Old New York

Today Mike Gallo from Agnostic Front tells us about the song "Old New York" from their new album "The American Dream Died," which came out this week (April 7th). Here is the story:

I'm sitting here in the kitchen of Vinny Stigma's apartment one afternoon. He kept going on and on about how much the city has changed and how much he hates it. He loves to go on his rants. I hear him over and over again. He's like a broken record. He is funny at times the way he says things but a lot of things he was saying were right. So I was sitting with the guitar as he keeps bickering away and I hear him say, "Ahh. I miss the old New York." That stuck in my head.

I was playing around with a few riffs and it fit perfectly in the chorus. After that, everything just started coming together. The next week, I jammed with Pokey in the studio and we laid the drums down along with the guitar. I did vocals over the music and we took the idea from there.
It's the last song I wrote for the record. It just came together so fast and I believe it's one of the strongest tracks on the record. This song will definitely be an Agnostic Front classic!

The biggest problem with New York City today is the fact that it's being stripped of its culture. They're pushing the middle and lower classes out. It's becoming too expensive for artists and musicians to live here. So what's happening is we're losing a lot of music venues and creativity. Now it just seems to be overrun by greedy yuppies. Most of the people that live in the city are not real New Yorkers. They're all transplants. This is why New York City feel so different.

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

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Van Halen Release North American Tour Promo Video

(hennemusic) Van Halen have released a promo video for their upcoming North American summer tour in support of their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

The 3-month run with special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd begins July 5 in Seattle, Washington, with shows wrapping up at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 2.

"Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" captures the group at the Japanese venue in 2013. The package features a 25-song set of material from the band's original, classic era and 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth", the group's first studio album with original frontman David Lee Roth in almost 30 years.

Van Halen launched the project with a mini-concert on Hollywood Boulevard that saw the group perform an 8-song greatest hits set for ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed by an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a few days later.

Watch the promo video here.

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iwrestledabearonce Release New Song, Fort Lean Cover St. Vincent

Today's new online music roundup includes iwrestledabearonce who have premiered a new song from their forthcoming album and Fort Lean has released a video of their cover of St. Vincent's "Prince Johnny".

The iwrestledabearonce song is entitled "Erase It All" and features a guest appearance from Suicide Silence frontman Eddie Hermida. It comes from their new album "Hail Mary," which is scheduled to be released on June 16th. Stream the song here.

Fort Lean have released a video of their cover of "Prince Johnny" by St. Vincent which was recorded at dimly lit West Village haunt Bell, Book and Candle as part of the new live NYC series "The Closed Sessions." Check out the video here.

Finally, ambient grunge-rock solo artist The Black Atlas has released a stream of his new single "Moonsong," which comes from his forthcoming EP "Devils" (out 6/23/15). Check it out here.

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