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Day in Rock Report for 04/22/2015


Dave Grohl And Corey Taylor Lead Teenage Time Killers Album Lineup

Teenage Time Killers, the new music project that features appearances from Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Lamb of God's Randy Blythe and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, will be releasing their debut album on July 31st.

The new album will be entitled "Greatest Hits Vol. 1." and the all-star project was conceived by Corrosion Of Conformity's Reed Mullin, My Ruin's Mick Murphy and producer John "Lou" Lousteau.

In addition to Reed and Murphy, the album features an impressive list of special guests including Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Neil Fallon of Clutch, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Jello Biafra, Pat Smear of Foo Fighters and more.

The first taste of the project is the track "Hung Out To Dry" which features Randy Blythe on lead vocals, Mike Schaefer on guitar and Dave Grohl on bass. A stream of the track can be heard here.

Grohl plays bass on several of the tracks including "Egobomb," which features lead vocals from Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. The full tracklisting and guest list has been revealed. Check it out here.

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Guns N' Roses Guitarist Addresses Break Up Speculation

(TeamRock Radio) Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba has shot down the notion that the band have split. Mainman Axl Rose fell silent after a residency in Las Vegas in May and June last year, while speculation remains that guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has either left, or wants to leave.

Rose last spoke out to condemn a rumor that he'd retired. Now Ashba addresses the current status of the band with the Las Vegas Sun: "I've got his back whenever he needs me.

"Ever since I joined GNR six years ago, it's almost been nonstop touring. But we've kind of talked of more touring, and I'm looking at this more as a hiatus than the end."

Last summer Axl Rose suggested the band were still looking at following up 2008 album Chinese Democracy. Read more here.

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Scott Weiland Calls Art Of Anarchy Supergroup 'A Scam'

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland says that he actually had "no idea who" the members of the Art Of Anarchy supergroup were when he recorded vocals for their debut album.

The project features Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Disturbed's John Moyer and twins Jon and Vince Votta and as soon as the group was announced Weiland took to his Facebook page to say that he wasn't the band's frontman.

Now he has been asked by About.com in a new interview if he was surprised at the announcement and Weiland responded, "No. Actually I wish I could say I was surprised, but I wasn't surprised. It was a scam from the beginning."

He goes on to tell the site that he "had no idea who" was in the group when he agreed to do the project. He explains, "I had them send me the files and I worked in my studio with my engineer and I wrote the lyrics and the melodies and I sent them back. I didn't even know what their names were."

He also explained why he did the project, "I was paid to do it. But they were an unsigned band and they're still an unsigned band. Hey. They're gonna put it out on the internet and as fate will have it they don't even have a lead singer. I'm not worried about it taking away any thunder from The Wildabouts."

Read the full interview here.

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl On Alice Cooper's New Album

Alice Cooper says that his new studio album is "ready to go" and he also revealed that in addition to featuring contributions from Paul McCartney and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, the album will also feature AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.

Cooper made the revelations to Billboard ahead of his performance at the grand opening of John Varvatos' new store in Detroit last Thursday (April 16th). "The album's done. It's mixed, ready to go and I'm very, very happy with it," Cooper told Billboard.

"I'm really happy with all the stuff on it. McCartney's on it. Zak (Starkey)'s on it. Dave Grohl is on it, (AC/DC frontman) Brian Johnson -- and in places where you wouldn't expect them to be, that's the cool thing."

Aerosmith's Joe Perry has previously revealed that he, McCartney and Johnny Depp have recorded a cover of the Badfinger hit "Come and Get It" which was written by McCartney.

The album will feature mostly covers and will pay tribute to the "Hollywood Vampires" an informal group of rock stars that drank together in Hollywood in the early 1970s.

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Jack White Plays First Surprise $3 Acoustic Show

(Radio.com) Jack White played the first of his surprise $3 acoustic shows on Monday at the Wendy Williams auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska, which featured a surprise guest appearance from Jack Johnson.

Johnson joined White to perform the White Stripes' 2002 White Blood Cells track "We're Going to Be Friends," a song that Johnson has covered in the past; back in 2006, the mellow singer-songwriter covered it for his album Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George..

White also treated fans to 'Love Interruption," 'A Martyr for My Love for You," 'Goodnight, Irene" and covers of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, Consequence of Sound reports. Read more and check out video here.

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Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Gun Shy About Final Club Show Idea

Motley Crue got their start at Los Angeles clubs like the Whisky A Go Go and with the band concluding their farewell tour on New Year's eve in L.A. there has been some speculation that they would do a final jam at one of the clubs where it all began for them.

But Nikki Sixx was asked about the idea in a new interview with Rolling Stone Australia and he didn't appear to think that it would be a good idea. He said, "I don't know. By the time we get off stage and hang out it will be about 2 o'clock in the morning. Do you want to drive into Hollywood, get there about 4, play at 5am?

"I think I like the send off at the Staples, where we blow the place up, rather than kind of hobbling through a set at the Whisky at 5 o'clock in the morning!

"It sounds all romantic, until you really put the pieces of the puzzle together and you go, 'Yeah, it's actually not a very good idea.' Read the full interview here.

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Blur's New Album 'The Magic Whip' Streaming Online

(Radio.com) Blur's long-anticipated new album is available to stream in full ahead of its release on April 28. The Magic Whip is streaming now on iTunes Radio.

It is Blur's first full-length in 12 years, with the full original band returning along with producer Stephen Street, who helmed their early and arguably best albums.

In an interview with the Guardian, the band's drummer, Dave Rowntree, explained that keeping the announcement of this album a surprise was part of the band's master plan. Read more here.

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Social Distortion Announce Self-Titled Album 25th Anniversary Tour

(Radio.com) Social Distortion will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Social Distortion album with a massive North American tour where they'll perform their 1990 eponymous third album in full.

They'll also be treating the audience to their hits and rarities, starting July 28 in Tempe, Ariz. From there, the band will hit a handful of southern cities before traveling throughout the Midwest to the East Coast and backtracking out west for a final show Sept. 11 in Paso Robles, Calif.

"We are very excited about this tour," frontman Mike Ness said in a statement. "It's not often we get to celebrate anniversaries of records, or play them in their entirety, but this record was a milestone for us and after rehearsing it we realized it was a hell of a set… High energy and good flow. It was a great feeling to play songs that I hadn't played in twenty years, or more. It's inspirational to "revisit" this album; especially during the writing of a new record. All I can say is 'it's gonna be a kick ass show!!!!'"

Nikki Lane and Drag the River will join the band on tour. Check out the dates here.

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Tom DeLonge Releases 'Circle-Jerk-Pit' Video

(Radio.com) Tom DeLonge's album of previously unheard material hit stores on Tuesday (April 21). Titled To the Stars: Demos, Odds and Ends, the 8-song compilation includes a mix of songs; some sounding as if they were intend to be Angels & Airwaves while a few could have easily been written for Blink-182.

To accompany the album's launch, DeLonge debuted a video for "Circle-Jerk Pit," an old-fashioned two-minute skate punk song. Directed by Mark Eaton, the black and white video, of which DeLonge does not appear in, follows a group of teens skating an abandoned backyard pool, while drinking and bar-b-queing dogs. They then proceed to do donuts in their car, only to return to the pool for more drunken antics.

DeLonge announced the album's release back in March, just a few weeks after a dust-up with his Blink-182 bandmates where he announced he'd be taking an indefinite hiatus, leaving them with high and dry, with a studio and no band. DeLonge announced he'd be continuing his focus on the roll out of new Angels & Airwaves material including the Poet Anderson comic book, a novel dropping in June followed by a short film, culminating a full-length feature film. Check out the new video here.

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Mike Portnoy Addresses Mystery Metal Project Rumors

The Winery Dogs and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy provided more details about a new project he is involved with that is rumored to feature Testament's Alex Skolnick and Megadeth's David Ellefson.

Portnoy remains secretive about the project but he did provide some more details in an interview with Loudwire (via Blabbermouth), "I still have to be cryptic, because we haven't come out with a formal announcement. But I've kind of been hinting at what's going on and the people I'm working with."

He also addressed some false information that has surfaced about the project, "There's this misconception that it's my metal project, which it's not. This is something that I am working in equal collaboration with another bass player and another guitar player. It's our project. And if you've done your Twitter detective work, you know who's in it with me. But we're still not ready to come out with an official announcement, but it is gonna be happening really, really soon."

He adds, "It's a great, great metal album that the three of us have written and recorded together, and we're gonna have lots of various other friends and special guests joining us on it."

Read more and watch the interview here.

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John Lennon Albums Remastered For New Box Set

(Radio.com) On June 9, Lennon, a nine-LP box set will be released, collecting eight of John Lennon's beloved solo offering into a single package, reminding us all of the greatness he achieved.

Included in the set will be John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine (with the two postcards and poster it originally came with), Some Time in New York City (with its original postcard), Mind Games, Walls and Bridges (with fold-over flaps and an eight-page booklet), Rock 'n' Roll, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey, according to Rolling Stone.

And in case you don't wanna fork down the money for the whole set, the albums will be released individually on August 21. Check out a trailer for Lennon here.

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Dave Mustaine Says New Megadeth Guitarist Is Their Best Ever

(hennemusic) Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is raving about new guitarist Kiko Loureiro as the band works on its 15th album. "Kiko finished all the acoustic guitar parts today," tweeted Mustaine on Monday. "Definitely the best guitarist we've ever had."

Loureiro joined the group following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick, while Shawn Drover has been replaced by Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler as a guest player on the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider."

Mustaine also shared an update on bassist David Elleson's work in the studio, tweeting "David is 10 songs into his bass parts as of this morning. Feels like old times. He is kicking ass!" Read more here.

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Moody Blues Hope For Days Of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Reunion

(Prog) The Moody Blues' John Lodge is trying to arrange a return of co-founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to mark the 50th anniversary of iconic album Days Of Future Passed.

But the bassist admits there are some stumbling blocks to staging the reunion in 2017. Flautist Thomas and keyboardist Pinder both make guest appearances on Lodge's second solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago, out next month.

But neither of them want to undertake any touring commitments. Lodge tells ABC: "If it works, I think it will be fantastic because it'll work because it's a natural thing to do…I'm not trying to force it to work. It'll be because it's supposed to be." Read more here.

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Joe Cocker's Iconic Debut Album Getting Hi-Def Reissue

(Classic Rock) Joe Cocker's iconic 1969 debut album is to be relaunched in high-definition audio as a tribute to the late singer. He died in December, aged 70, after a battle with lung cancer.

Now the Audio Fidelity company, which specialises in limited-edition SACD titles, have revealed their reissue of With A Little Help From My Friends, with a launch date to be confirmed.

They say: "Cocker performed his radical version of With A Little Help From My Friends at Woodstock, and the tune was included in the popular Woodstock documentary film. In 2001 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Read more here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Acoustic Tour

(Radio.com) If you were worried about Billy Corgan's recent rhetoric about the Smashing Pumpkins, where he seemed about ready to hang it all up, be comforted in the fact that the cagey frontman is still finding ways to keep things fresh after more than 20 years as a band.

Smashing Pumpkins have just announced their first ever acoustic tour as a band, an eight-stop adventure dubbed In Plainsong that will lead straight into the band's previously announced co-headline jaunt with Marilyn Manson.

Among the scheduled stops for the stripped-down shows are Buffalo, Kansas City and Minneapolis. The trip begins on June 15 and will conclude on June 25. See the dates here.

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Brian Johnson Looks Back At 'Traumatic' First Show With AC/DC

(Classic Rock) Brian Johnson has recalled his "traumatic" first show with AC/DC in 1980 - when he was so nervous he sang the same set of lyrics to two different tracks.

He fronted the Aussie giants for the first time in June 1980, just four months after the death of Bon Scott, and soon after recording his vocal tracks for the Back In Black album.

MusicNews reports Johnson saying: "The first thing I did, we did two songs, 'Bad Boy Boogie' and the other one," Johnson said in an interview. "I sang the same lyrics to both songs. I was so nervous, I sang the first song and then I sang the second one with the same words.

"I couldn't hear anything. I could see the audience going 'he must be Avant guard. He is singing anything he wants'. I finished it and thought 'oh God what have I done?' Malcolm looked at me and went 'what the f*** was that?"

He adds "It was the first time we sang Back In Black, because all the songs were finished then. We finished and there was silence. Half of them hadn't heard it yet. I thought 'oh sh*t they don't like it'. It was the first night. It was a very traumatic night." Read more here.

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The Darkness Lose Another Member

(hennemusic) UK rockers The Darkness have announced the departure of drummer Emily Dolan Davies. He exit comes just a month after she made her live debut with the band.

"Sad to say our fantastic drummer Emily Dolan Davies is leaving for new projects, and so we part ways with fond farewells," says the group. "Emily played a huge part in the recording of our new album 'Last of Our Kind' and makes a final appearance in the video for our single 'Open Fire' which is coming to a screen near you soon … Good luck Emily!"

Davies replaced original drummer Ed Graham after a split last fall; she recorded the band's fourth album and made her live debut with The Darkness at an intimate secret show March 4 on Ireland's Valentia Island as part of a 10-show run across the country to road test their new material.

When originally announcing her addition to the lineup, frontman Justin Hawkins described Dolan as "a hard hitter. She's got the chops and the attitude that you need to be The Darkness' drummer. She also makes us feel like dirty old men." Read more here.

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James LaBrie To Lead Ayreon's The Human Equation Theatre Show

(Prog) The Ayreon album "The Human Equation" will come to life as a theatre show in the Netherlands this autumn, starring original vocalist James LaBrie.

The Dream Theater frontman will be joined by Heather Findlay, Anneke van Giersbergen and others at the Nieuwe Luxor, Rotterdam, on September 18, 19 and 20.

Arjen Lucassen's 2004 concept release tells the story of Me, whose emotions have taken over his subconscious following a car crash, and turned his mind into a "frightening and bizarre world." Read more here.

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Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Thinks About Quitting Music Every Day

Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt admitted that he has "confidence issues" when asked what is the closest that he has ever come to quitting music in a new interview with Music Radar.

When asked "what's the closest you've ever come to quitting music?" Akerfeldt responded, "Every day. Not listening to music, but playing... sometimes I don't want to do it any more. It's not that I don't love it, because I do. It's because I love it.

"It sounds weird and it's hard to explain. I have confidence issues and sometimes I feel like I should not be doing this! But also, on the other hand, it's what makes me me. It's a weird feeling to be honest."

Read the full interview here.

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Former Evile Guitarist Ol Drake Returns With Guest Filled New Music

(TeamRock Radio) Former Evile guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album. Drake left Evile in 2013 and was last year replaced by ex Fallen Fate member Piers Donno-Fuller. His solo album Old Rake is released on June 22.

Single Guitarists Playing Guitars debuted on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show this week and is now available for streaming on Spotify. It features special guest appearances from Exodus and Slayer man Gary Holt as well as Testament's James Murphy and Sylosis member Josh Middleton.

Drake says, "I was speaking to Gary Holt and he said he'd like to solo on the album, and it just happened that when he'd said that I'd reached the main 'solo section' in its writing process. Then I thought, 'I might as well go all out.' James got involved and I couldn't believe it; to have two of my idols from growing up on one of MY songs was mind-blowing.

"I then asked my friend, Josh, from Sylosis, who is a ridiculous shredder, and my other friend, Amit. I met Amit through his working at a metal magazine publication, but mainly from at festivals involving alcohol; ridiculous shredder, too!" Read more here.

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Anthrax's Charlie Benante Releases Two Coffee Blends

(Classic Rock) Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has emphasized his passion for coffee by releasing two bean blends. His Be All End All product is described as a strong, dark roast, while Forever Metal offers a milder taste.

But he wishes he could take his obsession even further. Benante explains: "I love coffee so much, if I could make it a cologne, I would wear it.

"I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home. My mother said that at one point she put coffee in my bottle." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Ryan Link's Under the Rug

Today musician and actor Ryan Link tells us about the song "Under the Rug" which is the first single from his alt-country styled debut solo EP album "Reverberations". Here is the story:

I was coming out of a pretty low point of living in NYC when I first wrote "Under The Rug", around 2008. Flat broke and in debt, living in a converted warehouse out in Brooklyn with 5 other people and two dogs. And bedbugs. We had great parties, though.

Five years earlier, I had landed a lead role in a Broadway rock musical (RENT), but it didn't really result in the sort of career momentum I had hoped for. Shot myself in the foot, so to speak. Overly ambitious and under-trained.

I worked at a restaurant, then went back to a day job doing tech support. I decided I needed to be in a band again. So I answered a Craiglist ad, and became the singer of Kill The Camera. We had a good time trying to fit into the late-'00s Alternative Press/Fueled By Ramen emo scene, but we were 10 years older than everyone in the game.

"Under The Rug" started as a hard rock song (which may explain why the dang melody is so high).

It had the feeling of a triumphant comeback anthem - "You can't sweep me under the rug" - but I realized the song also wanted to be about a problem that won't go away. Something or someone keeps cropping up in your life because you haven't dealt with it properly or put it to rest. So I sang from that point of view, where I'm a recurring "issue" in your life. Could be a past lover, or booze, or drugs... anything you've had a love/hate relationship with. "Don't stick your nose where it don't belong" may or may not be about drugs, for example. But hey, choose your own adventure.

Anyway, Kill The Camera fizzled after a couple of years, like many other bands I've been in. (Not entirely my fault, but I do take responsibility.) At some point in 2012, I started singing my own songs with a band again. I had a weekly thing with some great musicians on the Upper West Side, doing classics from the Stones to Jane's Addiction, to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Bob Marley. All music I love.

We worked up a few originals for one show, and I played "Under The Rug" for the guitarist in that band, the great Dan "Shredabilly" Peters. He suggested a chord change to start the chorus with C# minor, rather than staying on E.

And that's when it became the bluesy classic-rock jam you hear on the Reverberations EP.

I've been out on the road with Once now for a year and a half. Heading into recording the EP in Nashville last fall, John Pahmer and I were sending Garageband files back and forth, and he came up with some great piano, bass, and guitar ideas. My old buddy Jay Barclay (from Miss Fortune, another band of mine that fizzled long ago) added his own signature guitar sounds, and it all came together in the studio.

In case anyone wants to trace the evolution of a song, there are a couple of YouTube videos of Kill The Camera playing "Under The Rug" back in the day... very different. The guitarist of KTC, Brian Owen, was a founding member of Fun Size, a pop-punk band from Richmond VA who recently reunited. Even though the guitar part has totally changed, Brian gets a writing credit on the song - he brought in the chords which inspired the lyrics and melody. Thanks for listening!

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

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