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Day in Rock Report for 08/04/2015



Slipknot's Vman Released From The Hospital

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot bassist Alex 'Vman' Venturella has been released from hospital after last night's mid-show medical emergency. The band say he was suffering from severe dehydration, which led to a hospital dash while his colleagues continued their concert in Hartford, Connecticut.

Slipknot posted the following update Monday along with a photo of Vman: "After a medical emergency during last night's show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex 'V-Man' Venturella, is well on the road to recovery.

"Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family."

"All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer's Last Stand tour." See the post and read more here.

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Lamb Of God Score Big Hit With New Album

Lamb Of God's new album "VII: Sturm Und Drang" scored an impressive debut on the album charts following its release last week, topping the rock and hard rock charts in the U.S.

The album also had a very strong showing on the mainstream album charts in the United States, coming in at No. 2 on the Top Current Albums chart and No. 3 on the Top 200 album chart.

"VII: Sturm Und Drang" also scored high chart debuts internationally, topping the Canadian chart, hitting No. 1 on the UK rock chart, scoring a No. 2 debut in Australia and top 20 debuts in Finland (No. 3), New Zealand (No 11), Germany (No. 12), Japan (No. 13), Netherlands (No. 13), and Sweden (No. 19).

The band is currently promoting the new album on a North American tour with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. Lamb Of God also have two special recording signing events this month: 8/5 - Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ and 8/29 - Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ. See the tour dates here.

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Buddy Guy and Van Morrison Stream B.B. King Tribute Song

(TeamRock Radio) Buddy Guy has released a stream of his track Flesh & Bone, featuring guest collaborator Van Morrison. It's taken from his latest album Born To Play Guitar - and it's dedicated to the late B.B. King.

Guy tells Billboard: "Every time I go in the studio now, my mind is on all the great blues players that have passed on before B.B. They were my teachers. When I got to know them, they would always wind up saying, 'If I go before you, boy, keep playing those blues.'

"The last words Muddy Waters told me was, 'Man, just keep playing those blues.' I've got a song on the album for him - Come Back Muddy - so when we heard B.B. was gone I said, 'Let's put one on for him, too.'" Stream the song here.

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Rush Play Last Date Of What May Be Their Final Tour

(hennemusic) Rush performed the final show of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour at The Forum in Los Angeles on August 1st. Video from the show, which may be the band's final tour date, has been posted online

The group's 2-set, 26-song show presented material from throughout their career, including many fan favorites and vintage album tracks. "Thank you for forty awesome years," posted the band.

Bassist Geddy Lee and Rush manager Ray Danniels have both discussed the group's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.

"It's most likely our last tour," said Lee recently. "I couldn't put it any more accurately. I can't say for sure. But it doesn't mean we don't want to work together still, it doesn't mean we won't do another creative project and I've got ideas for shows we could do that don't involve a tour." Watch the video here.

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Don Henley Announces North American Solo Tour

Eagles star Don Henley has announced that he will be launching a North American tour this fall to promote the release of his first new solo album in 15 years.

The new album, "Cass Country" is set to be released on September 25th in various formats including a standard 12 song CD and digital version as well as a double disc 180 vinyl LP version.

Henley will be launching the Cass Country Tour 2015 on October 3rd in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre and concluding the trek on November 12th in Philadelphia, PA at the Academy of Music. See the tour dates here.

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KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Spoofed In New Snaked Track

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is the focus and title of the debut single by Hollywood duo Snaked. Paul Stanley sees video game composer and guitarist Hugh Myrone and DJ Depressed Teenager mix electronic music with clips of the Kiss singer's onstage banter.

They call their sound RDM - Rockstar Dance Music and the track is said to be "a lighters up ode to Kiss' frontman which blends massive guitar riffs and feels-murking chords with huge drum patterns which soar underneath Stanley's epic stage banter." And after hearing the song, Stanley said on Twitter: "Starting my day with this! Ha! What do you think?"

Stanley's bandmate Gene Simmons is determined to make another Kiss album in 2016 despite the frontman's misgivings. Simmons has written at least one track for the project, while guitarist Tommy Thayer said a studio return wasn't "completely out of the question." Check out the song here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Believes Kevin Lyman Committed Business Suicide

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says in a recent interview that he believes that the Mayhem festival and Warped tour co-founder Kevin Lyman "committed business suicide" with recent his remakes that "metal got gray, bald, and fat".

King told the HoustonPress, "I didn't take what he said personally. He just definitely had a mic put in front of him and said some sh*t that's detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future - not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide.

"At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly. Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be."

Read the full feature here.

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Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Reunites With Derek St. Holmes

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has confirmed that he and singer Derek St. Holmes have reunited and are planning their second album together. Whitford left Steven Tyler and co in 1981 to work on Whitford-St. Holmes' debut album, which was released the same year.

Now they've teamed up again and are joined by Nashville bassist Charlie Anderson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta. Whitford tells Aero 101: "Derek and I have always been friends. We started writing a bunch of stuff and we started building a band. The next thing we did was go in the studio and we cut nine tracks in two days."

He says the album is almost done but they'll put the finishing touches on it once Aerosmith's current tour ends early next month. He hopes to tour the project across the US in November. Read more here.

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After The Burial Vow To Continue Following Justin Lowe's Death

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial have vowed to continue following the death of guitarist Justin Lowe. He was found dead on July 21 at the age of 32 after apparently falling from a bridge in Somerset, Wisconsin. It came just weeks after he'd announced his departure from the band in a confused statement that suggested he was suffering from mental trauma.

After The Burial cancelled their US touring plans in the aftermath of the tragedy, including a run on the Summer Slaughter tour featuring Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya and others.

But they made a surprise appearance at the tour's Minneapolis stop to say: "Before we go, we want you guys to know - we're not done. Justin would have never wanted us to stop, and we're going to keep moving forward." Read more here.

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Enter Shikari Release New Video From Ren And Stimpy Animator

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari have released a new video for their track There's A Price On Your Head which finds the band once again being animated for a promotional clip.

It's their second collaboration with Ren And Stimpy animator Peter MacAdams, who previously created their promo for standalone single Slipshod.

There's A Price On Your Head appears on fourth album The Mindsweep, launched in January. Enter Shikari are currently touring Europe and return to the UK for a run of shows in February. Watch the video here.

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Queensryche Reveal Details For New Album 'Condition Human'

(hennemusic) Queensryche have unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their upcoming album, "Condition Human." Due October 2, the band's 15th album was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) and recorded in the band's native state of Washington.

"The artwork depicts a beautiful innocence surrounded by the darkness of a jaded unpredictable world," says vocalist Todd La Torre. The project marks the group's first release since a public split and two-year legal battle over the Queensryche brand with former singer Geoff Tate.

La Torre joined in 2012 was on board for the band's 2013 self-titled effort and live shows, while Tate went on to form Operation: Mindcrime - named after Queensryche's 1988 album.

Queensryche are previewing the record with the lead track "Arrow Of Time." Currently playing shows across Europe, the band will hit the road with Scorpions for their North American dates this fall. See the artwork and tracklisting here.

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The Dead Daisies Release Cuba Documentary

(Classic Rock) The Dead Daisies have taken part in the first-ever documentary launch via Twitter. Revolucion explores the supergroup's historic trip to Cuba in February - the first of its kind by an international band since the US government loosened travel and trade restrictions with the island nation.

As part of a cultural exchange the Dead Daisies performed a run of acoustic and electric shows that concluded with a set at the Cuba Rocks For Peace concert. During their visit, the band also recorded tracks for their second album - also titled Revolución.

Guitarist David Lowy said of the exchange organizers: "Their passion to get rock and get people down there to play was just exceptional. Their passion is what drives the whole project, which is fantastic. We went down with the expectation of entertaining - but we came out realising the people were teaching us some stuff."

He adds: "We really accomplished something really cool here. Music touches people in a very special way. It's very rewarding. This is why we play." Watch the documentary here.

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Gary Clark Jr. Streams New Songs The Healing and Grinder

(Classic Rock) Gary Clark Jr. has released streams of The Healing and Grinder, two tracks from upcoming album The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim, which is set to eb released on September 11 via Warner Bros.

Clark also released a trailer for the 13-track album. In the clip he says, "Sonny Boy Slim is me - my mum called me 'Sonny Boy' and all the cats on the scene called me 'Slim.'

"The underlying tone of the album is faith and hope, because that's what we need." Stream The Healing and Grinder and watch the trailer for the new album here.

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Exodus, King Diamond Added To Housecore Horror Fest Lineup

Thrash veterans Exodus, King Diamond, Gasmiasma, Muscle And Marrow are the latest acts added to this year's Housecore Horror Fest which also announced the addition of a second stage.

The festival, spearheaded by Down/Pantera/Superjoint frontman Phillip Anselmo, will be taking place in San Antonio, TX on November 13th through 15th at the Aztec Theater for the main stage and the newly announced second stage at The Korova. Lineup details for the second stage are yet to be announced

King Diamond will be performing his 1987 sophomore album "Abigail" in it's entirety at the festival (and a just announced North American tour with support from Exodus).

Anselmo had this to say about the latest news, "I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King." See the mainstage lineup here.

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Lemmy and Slayer's Tom Araya Added To Silent Rock Movie Cast

(Classic Rock) Motorhead icon Lemmy will play a crazed military commander in silent rock movie Gutterdammerrung, also featuring Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop. Lemmy appears as a tank general who plays a critical role in setting the fates of two women locked in a battle of good versus evil.

And creator Bjorn Tagemose has also revealed that Slayer frontman Tom Araya will also be in the film, "bringing the light with a truly primal performance."

It was revealed last month that Pop plays a twisted angel while Rollins, who co-wrote the script, plays a corrupt priest. Billed as "the loudest silent movie on Earth," Gutterdammerung is inspired by pre-talkie features of the 1920s - but instead of a single pianist adding musical accompaniment, a full-power rock band will supply a live soundtrack. Read more here.

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TesseracT Streaming New Song 'Messenger'

(Prog) TesseracT have released a lyric video for their track Messenger, taken from fourth album Polaris, which is set to be released on September 18 via Kscope.

The record, announced last month, was recorded with vocalist Dan Tompkins, who returned after being replaced by Ashe O'Hara for previous outing Altered State.

The band say: "Polaris is a different scenario - the first chance for us as a group to stop and take stock of what we are right now, to explore a TesseracT of melody, dynamics, and singular focus. For the first time, too, we feel free from the bounds of genre-specific expectations." Stream the new song here.

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Jethro Tull's Martin Barre Announces New Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has named his sixth solo album Back To Steel - and he's designed it as a celebration of his five-decade career. The follow-up to last year's Order Of Play is released on September 18, and includes his take on Tull tracks Skating Away and Slow Marching Band, plus a cover of the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby.

Barre says: "This CD is my most important work in my career as a musician. I feel my songwriting has matured to a point that makes it totally accessible to all audiences."

He adds: "I want this music to be the basis of everything I do from now on - my criteria were that It would work live in a powerful way and keep our identity as a blues-rock band.

"As always, I've put in small quotes of music that give light and shade to the album." Read more here.

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Radiohead's Philip Selway Finds Working Outside The Band Healthy

(Prog) Radiohead drummer Philip Selway enjoys being forced out of his comfort zone through his solo work. He argues that it's developed his drumming style into something he can express through other musical channels.

He released second solo album Weatherhouse last year and he's currently touring it in the US. Selway tells the Boston Globe: "Playing in Radiohead, one of our our real strengths was always playing exclusively with each other. We learned to play our instruments in the context of the band. But I think it's healthy to get out and play with other musicians. It brings out different aspects of my musicality."

He adds: "My involvement in the Radiohead songwriting process is as the drummer. But working on my own material I'm central to the whole process - I expand my songwriting outside a drumming mindset." Read more here.

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John Mayall Releases Trailer For New Album 'Find A Way To Care'

(The Blues British blues legend John Mayall has released a video trailer for his forthcoming album Find A Way To Care. It's released on September 4 via Forty Below Records.

In the seven-minute clip he discusses working with his current band, consisting of guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport.

Mayall, 81, says: "I've never had musicians in the band where I say, 'I've chosen you, I want you to play this.' I've chosen musicians because of what they bring to the table.

"We play together so much and so successfully, and the rapport is better than any band I've ever had." Watch the trailer here.

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Dave and Phil Alvin Streaming New Track 'Mister Kicks'

(The Blues Dave and Phil Alvin have streamed their version of Mister Kicks, from upcoming album Lost Time. It's launched on September 18 and follows the premiere of Big Joe Turner's Feeling Happy earlier this month.

The Blasters co-founders hadn't recorded together since 1986 - until Common Ground, last year's tribute to childhood blues hero Big Bill Broonzy.

Guitarist Dave Alvin says: "Mister Kicks was written by the late, vastly underrated jazz-blues poet Oscar Brown Jr. We got to hang with Mr Brown back in 1984, at a benefit show with my friend Willie Dixon, and he was stunned that we knew so many of his old songs. He was a very talented and very nice man. Phil and I have loved Mister Kicks since we were teenage hepcats - I hope you dig it too." Stream the track here.

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New Book Claims Courtney Love Doubted Kurt Cobain's Suicide

(Radio.com) Although Kurt Cobain's death has been in the news as of late due to the recent release of the documentary Montage of Heck, the truth is that the his suicide of Cobain has been discussed relatively consistently since 1994, with the facts seemingly always in dispute and being questioned.

Now, a new biography about Alice in Chains' deceased frontman Layne Staley again raises questions, with the spin now being that the doubts about Cobain's suicide came from his wife, Courtney Love. This is interesting because conspiracy theories have long claimed Love responsible for Cobain's death, but this new account presents a third option, where Cobain neither committed suicide nor was the victim of a Courtney Love plot. (via Stereogum)

In the book Alice in Chains: The Untold Story, Love allegedly called Staley's stepfather in an attempt to contact Staley, wanting to get to the bottom of how Cobain spent his final few days, apparently not convinced that the suicide was plausible from the Nirvana leader. Read more here.

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Periphery Members To Hold Juggernaut Masterclasses

(Prog) Periphery rhythm section Adam 'Nolly' Getgood and Matt Halpern are to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the production process for their Juggernaut albums.

They'll present two live online masterclasses next month, with producer and bassist Getgood working up tracks laid down by drummer Halpern, just the way they did it for January's twin releases Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega.

Halpern - who wants people to listen to his band's music before focusing on any individual parts - says: "I get a lot of questions about how to record drums, how to make them sound good, how to set them up, what microphones to use.

"The truth is I don't really know much about recording. But I do know someone who does - so I'm teaming up with Mr. Adam 'Nolly' Getgood so that we can give you the techniques to do this at home."

Getgood adds: "We're going to track drums live in the studio and I'm going to be using all the techniques I used to capture Matt's performances. We're going to be doing drum selection, head selection, microphone selection, microphone placement, drum tuning - basically everything that goes into capturing the turns and nuances of Matt's performances." Read more and check out a video here.

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