Day in Rock Report for 08/03/2015

Slipknot Member Rushed To The Hospital During Concert

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot bassist Alex 'Vman' Venturella was rushed to hospital midway through a show in Hartford, Connecticut, on Sunday night. The concert was delayed for 20 minutes after he suffered an unidentified medical crisis, forcing the band to leave the stage.

He was sent off in an ambulance, then the remaining eight members returned to complete their performance. Frontman Corey Taylor told the crowd: "I'm sorry to say that our bass player, Alex - something happened. I'm not sure what happened. He's going to the hospital as we speak. I want you to all make some noise for him - send him some f***ing love."

He continued: "We had a choice to come back out here. We've had to modify some sh*t, but we're going to keep on playing for you. It's what we want. It's what Alex would f***ing want."

The band later posted a video of the crowd chanting Venturella's name. Watch it here.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Pleads Not Guilty To Latest Charges

(Classic Rock) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has escaped a return to jail after pleading not guilty to the latest charges laid against him. He was last month sentenced to eight months of home confinement for making death threats and possession of drugs, following a raid on his New Zealand home in November.

But less than a fortnight later he returned to Tauranga District Court after being accused of breaching the terms of his home arrest by drinking. Judge Louis Bidois, remanding him without plea, had warned him he could be sent to prison if found guilty of the latest charges, and added the requirement that he undergo alcohol and drug tests on police request.

Today in court Rudd, wearing a leather jacket with an AC/DC logo on the back, was allowed to return home, pending another hearing in November. Judge RP Wolff described the situation as "relatively straightforward." Read comments from Rudd here.

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Guns N' Roses Reportedly Parted Ways With Bumbelfoot Last Year

(hennemusic) A new report indicates guitarist Ron 'Bumbelfoot' Thal left Guns N' Roses in 2014. The report is based on what an unnamed "source with Guns N' Roses" told music journalist Gary Graff.

"That is the thing I am not to elaborate on," Thal recently told Graff. "I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to now. I'm a real busy guy and really enjoying everything I'm doing, and I think that everything I'm doing has a future and a bigger plan - the solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things I'm doing. These are all the things I love that I've really missed, and I'm very happy to be putting my time back into that. It's really what I should be doing."

Graff now reports (via WRIF Detroit) that a source with Guns N' Roses has confirmed Thal's departure. "Bumblefoot quit last year," said the source. "I don't understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band -- he quit in South America. He told Axl he was done and (Las) Vegas would be his last run with the band."

Fan source Guns N' Roses News confirms the "report is legit. The quote did indeed come from a senior member of the @gunsnroses team." Read more and see the tweet here.

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Ace Frehley Recruits Slash For Thin Lizzy Cover

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley was joined by Slash in the studio on Saturday to record a Thin Lizzy classic for Frehley's upcoming all-star covers album. Slash tweeted: "Had a really fun, live session with @Ace_Frehley last night jamming on a #ThinLizzy tune for his new covers album. Good times!"

Producer Warren Huart tweeted a photo from the session, writing, "Tracked dueling guitar solos with @AceFrehley9 and @Slash at @spitfiremusicgp today #rocknrollhysteria"

For the follow-up to his 2014 effort, "Space Invader", Frehley originally revealed last summer that the project was in the works and would include guests like Lita Ford, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.

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

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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit Hearing Set

(hennemusic) A hearing has been scheduled in a Los Angeles federal court in the copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven."

West Side Today reports U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has set an August 17 scheduling conference in the case. The suit - brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band - claims the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

In May, Led Zeppelin filed a response to the case by denying the allegations or claiming insufficient knowledge to answer them. "Answering paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint, including the First Amended Complaint's footnote 1, Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its members were and are exceptionally talented," the group's answer reads, "but otherwise deny each and every allegation contained in paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint."

The group admit to playing shows with Spirit on their first US tour - where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus" - and to using part of the Spirit song "Fresh Garbage" in a medley they performed during some concerts in 1968 and 1969.

Warner Music Group successfully argued in May that the case should be moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, where possible witnesses and business records are located.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, is the same court where a jury ruled in March that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke should pay $7.4 million for infringing on Marvin Gaye's 1977 track "Got To Give It Up" with their 2013 hit, "Blurred Lines." Stream both songs here.

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Judge Issues Ruling On Release Of Kurt Cobain's Death Scene Photos

(Classic Rock) Photos of Kurt Cobain's death scene are to remain unseen after a judge threw out a campaigner's bid to have them released. Richard Lee, who believes the Nirvana frontman was murdered in 1994, rather than having taken his own life, took the city of Seattle to court in an attempt to have the files opened.

Seattle Superior Court Judge Therese Doyle dismissed the bid, ruling that Lee hadn't filed his suit properly. Lee has vowed to refile, telling the Seattle Times: "I've never heard of a case where an issue of such public importance was dismissed because of such trivial circumstances."

Cobain's widow Courtney Love and daughter Frances both submitted declarations saying they could be put at risk if the pictures were made available. Read more here.

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David Gilmour Releases 'Rattle That Lock' Video

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour has released the video for the title track to his forthcoming album, "Rattle That Lock." Due September 18, the project sees Gilmour working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera.

The video for "Rattle That Lock" was created by Alasdair & Jock from Trunk Animation alongside the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.

"I love animation when it does something that can't be achieved any other way," says Gilmour. "The film Alasdair & Jock have made for Rattle That Lock highlights a darkness in the song that couldn't have been shown any other way."

The black and white, hand drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', from which Samson drew inspiration for the lyrics. "Rattle That Lock" will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, and also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips.

A Deluxe Edition on CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions will include 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a Gilmour guitar pick.

Gilmour will launch "Rattle That Lock" with a sold-out 11-date European tour, with shows starting on September 12 in Croatia; the run includes five concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Watch the video here.

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Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese TV Series Details Revealed

(Classic Rock) The long-awaited TV series produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and directed by Martin Scorsese will be entitled Vinyl and will air next year on US network HBO.

It's been in development since 2011 and will focus on the life of a New York record label exec in the 1970s and the "drug and sex-fuelled music business as punk and disco were breaking out."

Scorsese will direct the pilot episode and serve as one of the show's executive producers alongside Jagger. The pair previously worked together on the 2008 Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light.

Bobby Cannavale will play American Century Records president Richie Finestra while Olivia Wilde will star as his wife, Devon. Also on board for the nine-part series are Ray Romano, Andrew 'Dice' Clay, and Jagger's son James, who'll appear as Kip Stevens, the frontman of fictional punk band Nasty Bits. Read more here.

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Art Of Anarchy (Bumblefoot, Scott Weiland) Release New Video

(Classic Rock) Art Of Anarchy have issued a video for their track Time Every Time. It's lifted from their self-titled debut album which was released in June via Another Century. It follows the promo for 'Til The Dust Is Gone.

Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal says: "This is a straight-up 'here we are doing what we do' video. A band playing their song. Bright lights and silhouettes, everyone diggin' in after a bunch of takes and knowing they got the shots they need.

"It was an accomplishment making these videos and capturing what seems to be chapter one for the band. This is life - things don't go as planned, it's about picking yourself up and coming back stronger. That'll be chapter two."

The shoot features singer Scott Weiland who's repeatedly denied ever joining the band, labelling the project a "scam from the beginning" and insisting he was only taken on as a hired session singer and songwriter.

But the Thal has insisted Weiland was "still technically in the band" and that the vocalist knew what he was getting into. Read more and watch the video here.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Announces Debut Solo Album

(hennemusic) ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons will release his first-ever solo album, "Perfectamundo", on October 23. Inspired by Cuban music, Gibbons is joined by a handpicked group of musicians dubbed The BFG's on the project, which hearkened back to his early days when he studied Latin percussion in Manhattan with its preeminent virtuoso, "Mambo King" Tito Puente, a friend of Billy's bandleader dad.

Puente taught the young Gibbons the essential Latin rhythms via conga, bongo, maracas and, most importantly, timbales. "Banging away on 'em came back like riding on a lost bicycle," says Gibbons.

Produced by Gibbons and Joe Hardy and recorded in Houston, Los Angeles, Austin and Pontevedra, Spain, "Perfectamundo" was sparked by an invitation to perform at the 2014 Havana Jazz Festival, delivered by his Argentine-born, Puerto Rico-raised friend and musical collaborator Martin Guigui. Gibbons was unable to attend, but the concept inspired the ZZ Top guitarist to begin work in his Houston studio.

Three songs in, Gibbons hooked up with Guigui as well as Chino Pons, a Cuban friend who heads his own quartet in New York. "Chino, so to speak, sprinkled holy water on our efforts and expressed confidence that we were headed in the right direction," explains Gibbons, "and that bit of affirmation gave us the impetus for more forward motion." Read more and see the cover art here.

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Miss May I Streaming New Album 'Deathless' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Miss May I have issued a stream of their fifth album ahead of its official release. Deathless will be launched on August 7 via Rise Records and is the US outfit's follow-up to 2014's Rise Of The Lion.

Frontman Levi Benton said of the album: "Not only have we been working on this record for almost a year, but we recorded it with our old friend Joey Sturgis who did our first two records and really brought out the best in us.

"This record is about how the last two years have tested us on many levels and how we have come through it all stronger and better. That's where the title comes from, because we are deathless." Stream the album here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage Team For Unique Performance

(Scoop) Last Thursday night (June 30th), at the Wacken Open music festival in northern Germany, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) and Savatage wowed 80,000-plus attendees with a never-before-attempted music festival performance.

Following a 40-minute Savatage set and a 40-minute TSO set, TSO and Savatage band members, across two of the festival's main stages, performed a perfectly coordinated set of fan-favorites. This ambitious feat, both musically and logistically, was helmed by Paul O´Neill. Al Pitrelli led TSO on the "True Metal Stage" and Jon Oliva headed Savatage on the "Black Stage." Beyond the unprecedented act of two bands hitting the stage at the same time, this show was also memorable as it marked progressive metal originators Savatage's first show in over a decade, TSO's first European festival show, as well as the only live appearances of both bands in Europe in 2015.

The closeness of these two bands is well-known to those versed in rock/metal lore. TSO was founded in 1993 by producer/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Savatage's Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli to fulfill a vision for a group that could meld the sound of classical and fury of rock music with Broadway's storytelling to create a unique amalgamation O'Neill calls "Rock Theater." Since gaining massive popularity after beginning touring in 1999, TSO has grown to include additional members of Savatage within its ranks.

Prior to the festival, the bands issued this joint statement:
"All of us in Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage cannot believe the luck that has given us the opportunity to take a break from recording the new (TSO) album Letters From The Labyrinth, so that we can meet up in Wacken, Germany and together, look back at how we got here, as well as forward to possibly catch a glimpse of what might be. This is a once in a lifetime show for Savatage & TSO that we hope you will never forget."

At 9:45 P.M., Savatage, including members Oliva, Pitrelli, Johnny Lee Middleton, Chris Caffery, Jeff Plate, Zak Stevens, Bill Hudson, plus several backing musicians (including TSO's Vitalij Kuprij), ripped through such Savatage songs as "Gutter Ballet," "Hall of the Mountain King," "Edge of Thorns," "Jesus Saves" and more.

As the Savatage set came to a close, guitarist Pitrelli raced to the other stage to join TSO for a fierce performance including "Prometheus" from its upcoming release Letters >From The Labyrinth, "Toccata/Carpimus Noctem" from the platinum-certified Night Castle and many more. For TSO's first set, the band consisted of John O.Reilly and Jeff Plate (drums), David Z and Middleton (bass), Angus Clark and Caffery (guitars), Mee Eun Kim and Derek Wieland (keyboards), Asha Melvana and Roddy Chong (strings). Vocal duties were handled by Jeff Scott Soto, Kayla Reeves and Andrew Ross, with the group also featuring dancers, background vocalists and more.

At 11 P.M. came the portion of the performance that left the crowd astonished: all band members took to their respective stages and began an hour-long simultaneous performance playing the same songs concurrently. They stormed through the set containing such songs as Savatage's "Turns To Me," a rousing version of "Believe" with a duet featuring Oliva and Robin Borneman along with TSO favorites including "A Last Illusion," "Requiem," "Beethoven," and "King Rurick" from TSO's forthcoming release. A united Trans-Siberian Orchestra featured four guitarists, four keyboard players, two drummers, two bassists, a string section, and multiple vocalists (including the addition of TSO's Russell Allen and Savatage's Stevens to the above). It was a sight to behold, with several generations on stage: from teenagers taking their first steps on an international rock stage to seasoned veterans who have toured the world many times over.

Throughout the two-plus hours, accompanying the unprecedented sonic storm, fans were treated to an incredible pyrotechnic display estimated to have cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. As anyone on site could attest, it was an unparalleled auditory and visual experience.

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Gary Clark Jr. Announces New Album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

(WBR) Gary Clark Jr. has announced that he will release his sophomore studio album, entitled The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, on September 11th via Warner Bros. Records. We were sent the following details:

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the uncanny evolution of an artist embracing his roots with a rarified grace, style, and an inextinguishable passion which reflects his vision as a songwriter, groove master, and the vocal force of nature he has become, while his guitar virtuosity already speaks (quite voluminously) for itself. Click herefor a view into the world of Gary Clark Jr.

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his long-time live soundman, Bharath "Cheex" Ramanat and Jason Sciba. Backing vocals are provided by his sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark. The album was recorded by Ramanath and Sciba.

As witnessed by the global reception of Clark's first studio album, Blak And Blu (2012) and Gary Clark Jr. LIVE (2014), the young Texan has established himself as a sonic expressionist and guitar virtuoso who has absorbed classic forms of the past while looking forward to forge his own path of thoroughly modern music that can only be classified as "Gary Clark Jr. Music." The direction of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim takes Clark even further into his diverse musical roots.

Clark has just completed a sold-out European tour and begins his domestic run this weekend at Lollapalooza 2015 in Chicago, followed by a series of fall shows with Foo Fighters in September and October. U.S headline dates have just been confirmed and will begin Oct 31 in Boston and wind up in Portland, OR, on April 13. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.

Every ticket purchased online for Gary Clark Jr.'s fall/spring headline tour, will receive a standard digital download of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Fans will receive an email from [email protected] on the album's release date, Sep 11, 2015, containing redemption instructions. Festival dates and Foo Fighters tour dates are not included in this offer.
See the tracklist and upcoming tour dates here.

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Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace Set For Reissue

(NLM) Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace albums will be the subject of new deluxe reissues that are set to be released on October 2nd. We were sent the following details:

Released in 1982, Tug of War was Paul's first album following the break-up of Wings and his third solo LP overall. Hailed upon its release as "exquisitely crafted" by The New York Times and a "masterpiece" by Rolling Stone, Tug of War went to #1 in no less than nine countries. Tug of War yielded such classic tracks as Paul's #1 duet with Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory," the top 10 single "Take It Away," and of course "Here Today," the conversation Paul never had with the late John Lennon that remains a staple of Paul's live set to this day. Pipes of Peace, Paul's fourth solo album, followed in 1983 and continued Paul's early '80s run of platinum records. Singles from Pipes of Peace included the title track and of course Paul and Michael Jackson's timeless "Say Say Say," a multi-format global chart-topping smash continually cited as a landmark of that or any year--as recently as 2007, Vibe magazine rated "Say Say Say" as one of the greatest duets of all time.

As with the GRAMMY-winning Band On The Run and Wings Over America Archive editions, Paul personally supervised all aspects of these releases and their various formats, which include:

Tug of War will be issued as a 2-CD Special Edition comprised of the 2015 remix of the entire album, plus a second disc of bonus audio featuring eight previously unreleased demos of both album tracks and outtakes "Stop, You Don't Know Where She Came From" and "Something That Didn't Happen," as well as demo and solo versions of "Ebony and Ivory" and more. The Tug Of War 3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Edition adds the original 1982 album mix and a DVD featuring original music videos for the album's singles and the brand new 18-minute documentary "Fly TIA-Behind The Scenes on Take It Away" featuring previously unseen archival footage. In keeping with the award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection standards, the Tug Of War Deluxe Edition will include a 112-page essay book and 64-page scrapbook, while the strictly limited run of 1000 Super Deluxe sets will arrive in a limited edition acrylic slipcase with five hand numbered prints of images from the Linda McCartney archive.

The Pipes of Peace 2-CD Special Edition is made up of the original album plus a 9-track bonus disc with such exclusive gems as a 2015 remix of "Say Say Say" by Spike Stent, unearthed demos of three album tracks and outtakes "It's Not On" and "Simple As That," the previously unreleased "Christian Bop" and more. The 2-CD/1-DVD Pipes of Peace Deluxe Edition features a bonus video disc comprised of the original promo clips for all three of the album's singles, plus previously unreleased clips from Paul's film archives. The Deluxe configuration will also include a 112-page essay book and 64-page book that takes the reader behind the scenes on the "Pipes of Peace" title track video shoot.

Both albums and their companion bonus audio discs will also be released as 2-LP 180-gram audiophile vinyl editions complete with gatefold sleeves and download cards. The newly remixed and mastered Tug of War and remastered Pipes of Peace will also receive standard and Hi Res digital releases, as well deluxe digital and Hi Res releases featuring all bonus audio. See the tracklistings here.

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Dream Theater Pushing Back New Album According To Petrucci

(Prog) Dream Theater won't release their next album until 2016, according to guitarist John Petrucci. The follow-up to their self-titled 2013 record was originally pencilled in to be launched this autumn. But due to their recent touring commitments, that plan has been pushed back.

Petrucci tells Arte Concert: "This tour has broken up our time in the studio. We're doing some work here on the road as well - we're very busy in hotel rooms with some last-minute writing and getting some things done. We've been in the studio since January. It's going great. We'll be wrapping up probably in the fall and it'll come out early next year."

He reflects on the group's "amazing" 30 year career, and adds: "Not a lot of bands can say that they've been together for that long - and it's still going incredibly well.

"We definitely feel like the best is yet to come, and we built something that's really special." Stream the full interview here.

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M-Opus's Van Full Of Musical Equipment Stolen

(Prog) M-Opus have reported that a van containing their instruments has been stolen in Ireland. The vehicle was taken last week in Ireland and the band think some of their gear could end up in the second-hand UK market.

Singer and keyboardist Jonathan Casey reports that his distinctive Telebration Fender Telecaster Cabronita is gone along with his Nord Stage 2 guitar.

A 24-channel Yamaha MGP Desk, DSR 115 speakers, a Yamaha Stagepas, mellotron and vintage synth are also missing, along with the organ's program settings. Read more here.

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Trivium Reveal Details About New Album 'Silence In The Snow'

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium have announced they'll release their seventh album titled Silence In The Snow on October 2. The follow-up to 2013's Vengeance Falls will be issued via Roadrunner Records.

Frontman Matt Heafy says inspiration for the album dates back to 2007 when Trivium supported the Ronnie James Dio-fronted Heaven & Hell in Japan.

He says: "When I watched them live, it was something that really spoke to me, especially the song Heaven and Hell. I'd never heard metal summarized so well like that.

"Afterwards, I came up with Silence In The Snow. We loved the song but it just didn't fit with the music we were making at the time. The reason was, perhaps we weren't ready for it.

"We foreshadowed our destiny back then and we've finally grown into the song. It required massive musical growth. We're ready now." Read more and check out the video for the title track here.

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The Sword Streaming New Song 'Mist & Shadow'

(Classic Rock) The Sword have launched a stream of their track Mist & Shadow, from fifth album High Country. The follow-up to 2012's Apocryphon will be released on August 21 via Napalm Records.

Guitarist Kyle Shutt recently said that the band were maturing as songwriters, explaining: "Every cycle is a learning experience - we're getting over the hump of doing dumb sh*t."

The Sword will be supporting the album release with a tour of Europe that will be starting next month, including six UK dates in September. See the dates and stream the new song here.

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Poison and L.A. Guns Supergroup Devil City Angels Stream New Song

(Classic Rock) Hard rock supergroup Devil City Angels have launched a stream of their track All I Need, taken from their self-titled album, which is set to be released in September.

The band, formed by Poison's Rikki Rockett, also includes L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns along with singer Brandon Gibbs. Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo replaced Cinderella's Eric Brittingham last month.

Rockett recently said: ""There aren't enough straight-ahead rock'n'roll bands - we're bringing it because there's a void." The band launched debut video Boneyard earlier this month. Stream the new song here.

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Magenta's Robert Reed Working On Sanctuary II

(Prog) Magenta mastermind Robert Reed has begun work on the follow-up to solo album Sanctuary. And although it has a working title of Sanctuary II, neither the name nor the material he's already written might make the final cut.

The 2014 title was his personal tribute to Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and saw him playing all the instruments himself. Reed tells Prog: "At the moment the album has two long pieces and I have a few ideas for some shorter tracks. I've really gone off the idea of long tracks at the moment - especially as the music is quite dense.

"I've been writing and demoing for a few months and finally i got enough of a structure to start recording properly. But the way I work means it's yet to be seen how much will survive. I really like every second to count. If something's not working I'll erase it."

He's also planning to perform Sanctuary live in the coming months. Read more here.

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Kadavar Release 'Last Living Dinosaur' Video

(Classic Rock) Kadavar have released a video for their track Last Living Dinosaur. It's taken from their third album titled Berlin which will be released on August 21 via Nuclear Blast.

The new album will be the first to feature bassist Simon Bouteloup on all tracks. He replaced Philipp Lippitz while the band were recording 2013's Abra Kadavar.

Drummer Christoph 'Tiger' Bartelt said of the album: "About 10 years ago, when we moved to Berlin, we just wanted to break free from home and do something new. I thought it was comfortable, to blend in and just live from day to day.

"I think the Berlin lifestyle has influenced our band very much and therefore fits perfectly as the album's title." Watch the new video here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Joins Campaign To Save Venue

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has given his support to a campaign set up to save a live UK venue. The Sir Charles Napier in Blackburn closed its doors last month but a group has been set up to try and have the pub reopened.

The Metal God says: "We've got to do what we can to keep the Napier alive. You can't beat live music - any kind of music live is great, and especially in this amazing place full of history.

"It's great not only for music, but for the community - it keeps everybody together." Campaign spokesperson Alex Martindale tells the Lancashire Telegraph: "It's incredible to have the support of such a massive personality. We hope this encourages other figures from the scene to come forward and help to spread the word for us." Read more and watch Halford's campaign video here.

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Udo Dirkschneider To Play Accept Songs For Last Time On 2016 Tour

(Classic Rock) Former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider says he's planning a 2016 tour where he'll perform tracks by his old band one last time. The singer co-founded Accept in 1976 then left in 1987.

He returned in 1992 after the band had split three years previously and exited again when the group disbanded in 2005. He declined to take part in Accept's 2009 reunion but now wants to give the tracks he recorded with Wolf Hoffmann and co a final outing.
He told a press event in Germany: "I still love singing these songs live. The songs still are an important part of my catalogue and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it's just time to close the chapter.

"There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage." Read more here.

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Dan Patlansky Releases 'Fetch Your Spade' Video

(Classic Rock) Dan Patlansky has premiered his video for Fetch Your Spade with TeamRock. It's taken from the South African's seventh album Dear Silence Thieves, which has already won him an album of the year award.

Patlanksy recently said: "The biggest focus on the album is the songs. As producer Theo Crous put it, 'We can take this album in any direction, but the song - platform - needs to be what it builds on.'

"We didn't move on to guitar sounds, solos or singing until we were happy with how the song was. It's taken me years to realize, but it's the right direction to be going in." Read more and watch the video here.

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Jimmy Page Not Hopeful For Led Zeppelin Reunion

(hennemusic) Jimmy Page doesn't foresee a Led Zeppelin reunion happening again, but the guitarist is leaving the door open by saying the event would only happen if all members agreed - and for the right reasons.

Following drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin reunited for 1985's Live Aid charity concert - where they were joined by drummer Phil Collins and Tony Thompson - and Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary event in 1988 with Bonham's son, Jason, behind the kit.

The group reconvened for a one-off performance at the December 10, 2007 concert at London's O2 Arena tribute concert for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The rare live set was released in 2012 as "Celebration Day."

"We tried it a few times," Page tells The Daily Beast. "It always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That's why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason - John's son - felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can't foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons."

"It was a blend of these four master musicians, and each of us were important to the sum total of what the band was," hee adds. "I like to think that if it had been me that wasn't there, the others would have made the same decision not to carry on. Besides, we couldn't just get somebody in there and say, 'Do this, this way?' That wouldn't have been honest or of the same creative nature that we had always striven for. And it's why we still have only done it properly once."

A UK tabloid report last year claimed Robert Plant had allegedly turned down an $800 million (£500 million) offer from Virgin head Sir Richard Branson for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

Both Plant and Branson refuted the story, following which it was pulled from tabloid's website. Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Responds To 1000 Foo Fighter Fans' Special Request

(Radio.com) One of the coolest viral videos that we've seen lately was by the Rockin' 1000, a project spearheaded by a Foo Fighters fan named Fabio Saffagnini, in which a thousand fans got together to record a video of their performance of the Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly."

The project wasn't just for fun, though. Zaffagnini actually had a very specific purpose for the event in mind: to attract the attention of Dave Grohl in hopes of bringing the band to Romagna, Italy, for a concert, where he says they haven't played since 1997.

Like everyone else who saw the video, Grohl was pretty blown away by the video, and posted his own response to the Foo Fighters Facebook page. He said, in Italian, "Hello, good evening, it's David. Forgive me that I don't speak Italian, only a little. This video, how beautiful, so beautiful, thank you so much. We are coming, I promise, we'll see you soon. Thank you so much. Love you all, bye." Read more here.

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U2 Jam With Bruce Springsteen At MSG

(hennemusic) U2 were joined by Bruce Springsteen for the final night of their 8-show residency at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday and video of the jam has been posted online.

The New Jersey rocker teamed with U2 during the show's encore for their 1987 smash, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", and the Ben E. King classic, "Stand By Me."

U2 were also joined by guests including Jimmy Fallon and Lady Gaga during their residency at the famed venue. Friday's concert was the final date of the North American leg of U2's "Innocence + Experience" tour, which opened in Vancouver on May 14.

The band will now enjoy a five-week break before returning to live action in early September to play shows across Europe. Watch video of the jam with Springsteen here.

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Bon Jovi Streaming New Song 'We Don't Run'

(Classic Rock) Bon Jovi have released a lyric video for their track We Don't Run. It's the brand-new song taken from "fan record" Burning Bridges, mostly made up of material from previous studio sessions.

The band have described We Don't Run as "an anthem in the Bon Jovi tradition." It was co-written by frontman Jon Bon Jovi and producer John Shanks.

The singer tells WCBS-FM: "This is a fan record to accompany a twelve-show international tour. It's songs that weren't finished, that were finished, a couple of new ones like the one we released as a single.

"It's sort of a hint as to where we're going musically - but the new album, the real new album, will be early next year." Stream the new song here.

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Blink-182 Songs Made Into Lullabies

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 are the latest band to have their songs turned into lullabies for children. Lullaby Renditions Of Blink-182 will be released on August 14 by Rockabye Baby Music.

The label says: "Do noisy babies have you saying, 'I miss you sleep?' Rockabye Baby's quiet versions of Blink-182's pop-punk favorites will turn the lights off and help keep 'em off all night long. Do it for the kids."

A total of 12 tracks feature on the album, including All The Small Things, What's My Age Again and The Rock Show. Rockabye Baby previously released their take on tracks by Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Aerosmith, AC/DC and more. Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Former Megadeth Guitarist Marty Friedman Praises Babymetal

(TeamRock Radio) Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman says the fact Babymetal polarise option is a mark of a great band. He lives in Japan and praised the Japanese trio last year for their "fresh" sound. His solo band guitarist Takayoshi Ohmura is also a member of Babymetal's backing group.

He tells Metalholic.com: "You have to either absolutely love them or you totally hate them, - and I think that's the mark of great things. I love them. I'm a huge supporter of them and I think they are a fantastic unit."

But he sees why some music fans are quick to dismiss Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal's material. "I could totally see a metal purist go, 'This is not right. This is not what metal's supposed to be. I can't stand it,'" he says. "I totally get it. But that's what I also love about them. I mean, it breaks a lot of rules, and I'm all about breaking rules." Read more here.

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Ghost Release Stream Of New Song 'Absolution'

(hennemusic) Swedish occult rockers Ghost have released a stream of the song "Absolution", which is the latest track that they have revealed from their forthcoming third album, "Meliora."

Due August 21, the project sees the debut of new vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls following the resignation of his three-month older brother Papa Emeritus II.

"Meliora" is the follow-up to the band's second album and major label debut, 2013's "Infestissumam," which debuted at number one in Sweden and won the Swedish Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album.

"Absolution" is the third track issued in advance of the album, following "From The Pinnacle To The Pit" and the lead single, "Cirice." Ghost debuted Papa Emeritus III and four songs from "Meliora" at Doom in Linköping, Sweden on June 3.

The group will launch the Black To The Future North American tour at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22, which will be followed by a newly-announced fall run across Europe. Stream the new song here.

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Joe Satriani To Sit In With The Roots On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) Joe Satriani will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4. The guitarist will be sitting in with The Roots during the program, playing some tracks off his new album, "Shockwave Supernova", as well as some older favorites.

Satriani's 15th album was recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA; the guitarist co-produced the project with John Cuniberti. Satriani worked on the record with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller.

A second rhythm section that appears on four tracks includes drummer Vinnie Colaiuta - who has worked with Frank Zappa, Sting and Paul Simon, among others - and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. Check out the video for the title track here.

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SOG Singled Out Week: Of Gods & Robots

SOG, the new band from Doyle Bright of Rigor Mortis & Hallows Eve, has released their debut album "The Gift Of Aggression" and we asked Doyle to tell us about some of the songs. Today he tells us about "Of Gods & Robots". Here is the story:

Simple enough. Will the robots of today become the gods of tomorrow? Could this really happen? Is it already happening? The soul of a man?... long forgotten my friends. In this song I question if technology will continue to bring man closer. Or, eventually tear us all apart.

Technology is bringing us so far so quickly... yet, do we seem to really be further apart than ever before? Robots portraying gods who are portraying robots. Absolutely and positively possible. Maybe.

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

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