Day in Rock Report for 04/15/2015

Jack White Plans $3 Acoustic Shows Before Taking Long Break

(hennemusic) Jack White has announced plans to play a series of acoustic shows before taking an extended break from live performances. Tickets for these engagements are priced at $3 per ticket and will be limited to one ticket per person.

As he winds down his "Lazaretto" tour with two headlining sets at Coachella - one last weekend and one this Saturday, April 18 - White will embark on a short acoustic tour of the only five states left in the U.S. that he has yet to play.

The shows will be entirely acoustic and amplified only with ribbon microphones to the audience as well. Each special acoustic performance will be announced day of show at 8am local time. Read more here.

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Marty Friedman Confirms Rejecting Megadeth Reunion Offer

Marty Friedman, who was the guitarist of Megadeth during their acclaimed 'Rust In Peace' era, has confirmed that he was asked to reunite with the band and turned them down.

The veteran thrash group recently announced their new lineup which includes Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, but 'Rust In Peace' era drummer Nick Menza recently said that he was asked to reunite with the band but pulled out because he was "offered a very unfair deal."

Now Friedman confirms that he was also asked to reunite with the band, but wasn't interested despite remaining good friends with band cofounders Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson.

He tells Argentina radio station Vorterix (via Noisecreep) "I don't know anything about Nick's story, I don't know what he said, I don't know anything about that, but I will tell you that, of course, I was offered to join Megadeth - not only now, but in other times [in the past]. [But] there's just no reason for me to join Megadeth right now."

He continues, "Just because there's a vacancy in the band doesn't mean that, 'Oh, now is my chance to join Megadeth.' There's absolutely no reason for me to do that.

"However, I'm very, very close friends with Mustaine and [David] Ellefson, and the band in general, and I love them like brothers … I think that they're better off doing new things, and I'm certainly better off doing new things and being able to be the artist that I am, and that I wanna become. And there's no reason to go chasing the past."

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Foreigner Announce Tour Dates With Def Leppard

(hennemusic) Foreigner will be staying on the road following their summer tour with Kid Rock. They have announced that they will be joining the last leg of Def Leppard's 2015 US tour this fall.

The pair have added 7 October shows to the run which will also include Tesla and Night Ranger. Pre-sales begin on April 15 with general public tickets on sale on April 18 (except as noted below).

Def Leppard will launch an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla on June 23 in Tampa, FL. Foreigner team up with Kid Rock for US dates starting June 24 in Hartford, CT, with shows running into early September. See the tour dates here.

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REO Speedwagon Interview Sidetracked By Vulgar Son

(Radio.com) Who could have guessed that a casual chat with classic rock band REO Speedwagon's singer Kevin Cronin in front of Coogie's Cafe in Malibu about a 34-year-old song could turn into such viral entertainment?

Literally, no one could have guessed that. And maybe why exactly this interview was taking place, in which the interviewer and Cronin discuss the meaning of the band's 1981 single, 'Take It On the Run," will forever remain a mystery, but it happened until Cronin's son caused a major distraction.

"He -- her in the --," the younger Cronin says abruptly, invoking the profane viral meme to the shock and dismay of his parents. The youngster is smart to disappear, as no one wants to be around when their parents hear them say something of that ilk.

When the interviewer asks Cronin if that's his son after the youngster makes the statement and walks off, the REO Speedwagon singer replies incredulously, "I don't know who that is."

Sounds like someone's going to grounded for quite a while. atch the very NSFW video here.

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Shinedown Finishing Album, Announce Summer Tour

As Shinedown come closer to completing work on their first new album since 2012, the band has announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a North American tour.

The summer trek will be hitting theatres and other intimate venues and is set to kick off on July 14th in Tulsa, Ok at the Brady Theater and so far the band has announced dates through August 9th with more dates to still be announced.

Frontman Brent Smith had this to say, "We have a lot in store for 2015 and beyond. We have been working on our fifth album for the better part of two years, and it is almost complete. That being said, we felt it was time to return to the road to let everyone know that we are 100% back and ready to entertain!"

The band expects to release the new studio album, the follow up to 2012's "Amaryllis," sometime later this year. The summer tour will feature support from Nothing More on selected dates. See the tour dates here.

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Warrel Dane Has 'Secret Plans' For Nevermore

Warrel Dane says that Nevermore is not dead following the 2011 departure of guitar player Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams. Now Dane says in an interview that he has 'secret plans' for the band.

Dane discussed the band's future in a new documentary from Iza Rodrigues of Menina Headbanger (via Blabbermouth). He said, "No, Nevermore is not dead. I have secret plans. I had all the lyrics written for a new Nevermore record right after… When Jeff and Van [Williams, drums] both decided to leave the band… The band didn't break up. They left the band.

"I had all the lyrics written for the next [album] - all of them. [It was] kind of a conceptual thing and continuing with the tradition of all the Nevermore lyrics that were evolving and turning into a perpetual story.

"And there's a possibility that, yeah, there will be another [album]. There's support there from the record company, probably. There's support from other people involved in the business that would mean maybe it would be a good idea to do another one.

"So don't be surprised if there is a new Nevermore record within the next two years. But I don't know who will be in the band. All I can say is that I will be, Jim Sheppard [bass] will definitely be… I would love for Jeff Loomis to do it, but he's in Arch Enemy now, so I don't know if that's possible. Because we're not enemies. We don't talk much, but we're definitely not enemies. We didn't part on bad terms, so… We'll see."

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Lukather Parties Sober With Slash, Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora

(Classic Rock) Toto's Steve Lukather says he enjoyed a recent gathering with fellow guitarists Slash, Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora and Orianthi - even though none of the former party animals were drinking.

He's put years of drug and alcohol abuse behind him to safeguard himself against the risks of life on the road. And he joined forces with artists who feel the same way when he performed a benefit gig for Los Angeles schools in January.

Lukather tells Music Radar, "It's so funny because I was doing a charity event last Monday night, and it was like Billy Gibbons, Slash, Sambora, Orianthi, myself, and we're standing there with all these guys and I'm looking around and nobody's drinking at all and there's no partying.

"We're all going, 'Yep, we used to be carried out of every place we went and now we're all back to having a water and everybody talking very softly and mature.' Still having a lot of laughs, though.

"I like to feel good every day and I'm so glad that I found my brain again, and my soul. And I think we all feel that way because rock 'n' roll can suck you in and spit you out. Try going on the road for 40 years for 200 days a year. It's a mind-f***." Read more here.

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Panic! At the Disco May Have New Music This Year

Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie discussed a variety of topics in a new interview with Billboard including the official departure of Spencer Smith and when fans can expect new music, which he said "If I had to guess, I'd say this year."

Smith recently announced that he was officially leaving the group. Urie says of his departure, "It didn't take me by surprise. It wasn't talked about a lot. We had minimal conversations about what he wanted to do. Any time we'd hang out we were just hanging out as friends. There was never any business or band meeting. We still hang out all the time. It's nice to have a friend instead of worrying about band and business stuff.

"I knew shortly before [the announcement]. We had a few discussions and he told me what he wanted to do and I backed that 100 percent. Obviously I'm going to miss him in the band, but I'm proud of him. I love him to death."

Urie also spoke about being the last original member of the band. "Thinking about where I started -- I joined as the last member of the band before we started touring and got signed. Now I'm last man standing. But to me I love it so much. I love this band. I love everything about it -- touring, songwriting. So for me it's never been a question of stopping or letting go of it all because I love it too much." Read the full interview here.

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Theory Of A Deadman Releasing 'Angel Acoustic' EP

Theory Of A Deadman have announced that they are unplugging for a new EP that will be entitled "Angel Acoustic" and will be released at digital music retailers on April 28th.

The five-track EP features an acoustic cover of Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" as well as unplugged versions of the Theory Of A Deadman songs "Angel," "Santa Monica," "Not Meant To Be," and "The One."

On the live front, the band will be appearing at the Crawfish Music Festival in Biloxi, Ms this weekend before heading across the pond to kick off their UK tour in Bristol next Thursday (April 28th).

The UK tour will conclude with a sold out show in London on April 30th at Scala and the band have announced a number of North American live appearances this summer. See the dates here.

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Queen and Adam Lambert Expand Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert have added two shows to their fall tour of South America. In addition to headlining the opening night of Rock in Rio on Spetember 18, the band will also perform in São Paulo (Ibirapuera Arena) on September 16 and Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sol (Gigantinho Arena) on September 21.

"We're Back! Rockin' in Brazil!," says guitarist Brian May. "Can't wait! See ya there, guys!!" Lamber adds, "I'm so excited to be joining Queen for these dates. This will be a triumphant return for them, and my FIRST time in South America!"

Part of Rock In Rio's 30th anniversary series, Queen's appearance marks the band's return after opening the inaugural event in 1985 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury. Read more here.

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Rumored Slipknot's Bassist Shares Mastodon Memory

(TeamRock Radio) Allessando 'Vman' Venturella - reputed to be Slipknot's bassist - says being ignored by Mastodon, has favorite band, didn't put him off wanting to be a guitar tech.

Before playing guitar in Krokodil and being unofficially revealed as a member of Slipknot, he worked as a member of Mastodon's road crew, after stints with Fightstar and Coheed And Cambria.

But he'd been given the job years after first asking - and being ignored. He tells Music Radar: "It's pretty amazing. About seven years ago, I sent a message to them on MySpace, saying, 'Hey I'm a guitar tech, I'd love to come and work for you - you're my favourite band.'

"I didn't hear back or anything, but lo and behold years later I was on the tour bus one day and went through my old messages and found it. It made them chuckle. So if you put your mind to it, you can eventually work for your favourite band." here.

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Moody Blues's John Lodge Gets Animated For New Video

(Classic Rock) Moody Blues man John Lodge has premiered his animated video for 10,000 Light Years Ago with TeamRock. It's the title track from his second solo album, to be released on May 4 via Esoteric Antenna.

Lodge says of the follow-up to 1977's Natural Avenue: "Back in the 60s the Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the album Days Of Future Passed. The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives.

"With 10,000 Light Years Ago I've continued this theme of constant evolution. Everything in the future remains in reach - and although the past is behind us, it once was our future."

The video was made by Rupert Lloyd, who also illustrated the album sleeve. Watch the video here.

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Steve Hackett Releases 'Love Song To A Vampire' Video

(Classic Rock) Last week Steve Hackett released a video for his track Love Song To A Vampire, which features a guest appearance from Yes bassist Chris Squire. The track is taken from Hackett's new solo album Wolflight and tells the tale of an abusive relationship.

Hackett says: "The Love Song To A Vampire video was directed by Paul Gosling whose filming I was impressed by. Most of the film was shot in the historic and atmospheric city of Leicester.

"Paul was keen to highlight the combination of Gothic imagery with the portrayal of an abusive relationship implicit in the song. We discussed the ideas together... the transformation from the glamour that lures the victim to the final destructive hold." Watch the video here.

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Ghost Plan New Album With '3rd Frontman'?

(Classic Rock) Ghost will return with their third album in the summer - featuring 'new frontman' Papa Emeritus III, the band have suggested. He's said to be the three-month-younger brother of outgoing leader Papa Emeritus II, who appeared on 2013's Infestissumam.

But it is thought that the secretive outfit, who have never officially confirmed the identities of the members, remain fronted by their co-founding singer.

Sweden Rock Magazine reports (via Blabbermouth) that a single taken from Ghost's third record will be launched ahead of their appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 4. Read more here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Set Release Of New Album 'Holy War'

(TeamRock Radio) Thy Art Is Murder have released further details on their upcoming album Holy War. Last month the band announced the follow-up to 2012's Hate had been recorded in secret with producer Will Putney.

Guitarist Andy Marsh revealed the 11-track album would be "darker, faster and more technical" from their previous releases, adding: "Late last year, we entered the studio in secret to create our follow up to Hate, free of expectation and public pressure. What we came out with was a reaction to things going on around the world that crawl under our skin, that make us feel sick to be alive.

"Musically it is darker, faster and more technical than anything we've done in the past and it hits hard lyrically. We wrote about concerns of ours, real issues, hardships that people are facing around the world today."

Holy War will be released in Europe and Australia on June 26, the UK on June 29 and in North America on June 30 via Nuclear Blast on a variety of formats, including colored vinyl. The CD and vinyl editions come with bonus track Vengeance. here.

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Powerwolf Finish New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Powerwolf have finished mixing their sixth album Blessed & Possessed, the band have confirmed. The album is expected to be released in July via Napalm Records

The follow-up to 2013's Preachers Of The Night and was helmed by Fredrik Nordstrom, Henrik Udd and Jens Bogren. guitarist Matthew Greywolf had this to say in a statement:

"We have just had the pleasure to listen to the mastered album for the very first time. We're more than proud and satisfied with the result, and yet can hardly believe to have finished this intense production.

"Both Fredrik Nordström and Jens Bogren did killer jobs giving these songs exactly the sound they need." Read more here.

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U2 Innocence + Experience Tour Rehearsal Location Uncovered?

(Gibson) The start of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour is fast approaching, with the opening night taking place on May 14 in Vancouver, Canada. Now it seems as if the band themselves are getting ready to head to the city to start rehearsals for the tour.

Stuart Derdeyn of The Province reports that fifteen unmarked semi-trailers have arrived at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum, and that the trucks indicate they are from an Illinois-based stage, and lighting company.

"We have a pretty good idea that the people coming in to do the rehearsing might be a little known Irish quartet known as U2," said Derdeyn. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Stars Talk High Tech Stage Show In Minmation

(Radio.com) On the latest Minimation, where Radio.com comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists, they revisit a 1977 interview where Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones discuss the spectacle of their stadium and arena concerts.

The Rolling Stones recently announced their latest U.S. trek, the ZIP CODE Tour. The press release informed us that the stage design for the tour will include "a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans." In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger said that they will bring a "video-based stage with lots of screens," and he also noted that he picks the design of their stages, describing this one by saying, "It's a video-based stage with lots of screens, so it's important what goes on them. We've got some new pieces for the video. I'm pretty involved in all that."

Their stage design is something that he's been involved with for decades. Over the years, the Stones have sported stages in the shape of their logo (with fans buying high-priced general admission tickets to be inside the lips-shaped runway), stages with towers with limited seating (also high-priced), stages that move through the crowd, and stages with elevators that put Jagger on the top of whatever stadium they're in.

The Stones have been raising the game on arena and stadium rock since the art form began. In this 1977 interview, drummer Charlie Watts, always a no-nonsense guy with not much use for spectacle, and bassist Bill Wyman discuss the band's new stage, which included a (gasp) big ramp. "[Jagger] wanted to be able to jump 60 feet in the air," Watts mused. "The thing that's a drag about all those things' is all you're interested in is playing the drums." And by that, Watt obviously meant that all he is interested in are the drums.

"You've got this whole other thing going," he chuckles. "And a fortune being spent!" Of course, then as now, Mick Jagger knew what he was doing: if a fortune is being spent, a considerably larger one is being made. Watch the video here.

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Galley Beggar Premiere 'Empty Sky' Video

(Prog) Acid folk troupe Galley Beggar have premiered their video for Empty Sky with Prog. It's taken from third album Silence & Tears, which will be released via Rise Above Records on May 4.

It's the first time the six-piece have worked with a producer, in the form of Liam Watson of Tame Impala and White Stripes fame. Galley Beggar say their aim is "to imagine the next phase of English folk rock."

Rise Above describe the resulting work as "stamped with beautiful psychedelic flourishes and a contemporary yet timeless sound." Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Lotus Crush's Hearts And Minds

Today Terry McDermott of Lotus Crush (NBC's The Voice, Candlebox and Jimmy's Chicken Shack) tells about the song "Hearts and Minds" from their new album "Rabbit Hole" which was released this week. Here is the story:

Anyone who doesn't have their head in the sand when it comes to the state of the world, must surely be worried about where we are. It's a fascinating, worrying and dangerous time to be alive. I've felt for some time, that we have nevermore been pushed and pulled harder than in this digital age of rhetoric, editorial and propaganda. It's hard for anyone to filter out the truth from the noise and distractions with governments, corporations, brands, religious groups, the good, the bad and the ugly all vying for our attention, loyalty and money.

Since hearing records growing up by the likes of Pink Floyd, I've been fascinated by the dark dystopian universe they often paint in their music and our first single, "Hearts And Minds," is very much in that vein. Not least because I think we're living in that oppressive place now. Pay your bills. Pledge allegiance. Pay your taxes and mind what you say. We're there. And it's hard to not feel worried about where we go from here. I felt I had to talk about it and naturally it came out sounding a little pissed off. "Hearts And Minds" kind of broke the floodgates and set the tone for a lot of the record in terms of its lyrical content. There's other theme's on there too, but it seems I'm annoyed enough about the world we live in to keep coming back to it. "Hearts And Minds" is that first punch.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video which stars C.Thomas Howell here and learn more about the album right here!

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