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Day in Rock Report for 08/07/2015



Original Guns N' Roses Stars Duff and Izzy Recording New Album

(Classic Rock) Original Guns N' Roses colleagues Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin are back in the studio recording a new album. Joining the duo in the studio are Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga and Duff McKagan's Reloaded bassist Jeff Rouse.

The pair have collaborated on several projects since they split from Axl Rose in the 90s, including McKagan's How To Be A Man EP, which ties in with the bassist's book of the same name.

McKagan, who's released a clip from his Seattle sessions, said last month he'd be happy working with guitarist Stradlin for the rest of his career. He added: "I really trust whatever he does. If he says, 'I've got a part,' I know he's got a part. It's not like, 'Let me hear it.' It's like, 'He's got the part. Good - that's taken care of.'" Read more and watch the video that Duff shared online here.

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Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin Arrested Again

(TeamRock Radio) Troubled Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested for driving under the influence - the second time he's fallen foul of the law in less than a month.

He was involved in a drunken 100mph police chase in Minnesota in July and was charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Now been arrested for a similar offence - this time in South Dakota.

TMZ report he was pulled over by police early on Wednesday morning for speeding and police determined he was under the influence. He was also cited for possession of marijuana. Read more here.

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Jimmy Page Says Led Zeppelin Singer Auditions Were A Nightmare

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page has recalled his attempts to keep the remnants of Led Zeppelin together after their 2007 reunion show as a "nightmare." The guitarist says the original music he was creating with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham was worth the effort - but things became too complex as they got waylaid by looking for a singer.

Robert Plant refused to keep working with the band after their one-off concert at London's O2, later released as Celebration Day. A number of vocalists were tried out, including Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Myles Kennedy of Slash and Alter Bridge.

Page tells Metal XS: "In the run-up to the concert, the only music we played was Led Zeppelin. But we played really, really well. Jason, myself and John Paul Jones played really well together so it made sense to see what we could do, using that same energy with new material."

He continues: "But of course, that's not good enough for other people - they want to keep trying singers out. From my point of view, the most important thing is to concentrate on your strengths, not your weaknesses. With the weaknesses, none of us sang. But we could play."

While Page wanted to focus on "shaping up songs so we've got a collection," he suggests he was overruled. "We kept trying singers and we compromised, and it actually became a total nightmare," he says. Watch the full interview clip here.

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Metallica Frontman Gets Garfield Mashup

(Classic Rock) James Hetfield has been transformed into comic strip cat Garfield. Cartoonist Jimmy Two Hands has published a string of spoof skits featuring a version of the character that bears a certain resemblance to the Metallica frontman.

And faithful owner Jon has had a makeover that suggests a similarity to drummer Lars Ulrich. The strips pay homage to both Garfield and the band by featuring the cat up to his usual tricks, but making reference to Metallica lyrics and themes - and even the notorious drum sound on 2003 album St Anger.

Two Hands previously created Danziggy, a mashup of Glen Danzig and comic character Ziggy. See some of the comic strips entitled "Hetfield" instead of "Garfield" here.

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Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts Open To Playing Together Again

(Classic Rock) Ex-Allman Brothers Band colleagues Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts could play together again after relations appear to have thawed. They haven't spoken since the group split in 2000, and Betts declined an invitation to take part in the revamped edition's final shows last year.

Last week Allman - who's been performing Betts tracks with his solo band - told the Wall Street Journal: "Like they say, time heals. I haven't seen him in a very long time. I would love to play with him again." He added: "We had our ups and downs, and all our demons, but that's all way behind us now. There's nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget."

Now Betts tells TicketSarasota: "I have no problem with Gregg - never have. Sure, it would be fun to play with him again. We'll see where it goes." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine To Drive Pace Car At NASCAR Event

(hennemusic) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will be the honorary pace car driver for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York this Sunday, August 9.

The event is part of NASCAR weekend at The Glen, billed as the largest sporting event in New York State. Fans will witness the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series over the course of the weekend, with the Bully Hill 125 on Friday, Zippo 200 on Saturday and Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday.

Mustaine and Megadeth are gearing up for the late 2015 release of their forthcoming 15th album. The project will feature 13 original tunes and two covers: "Melt The Ice Away" by Budgie and "Foreign Policy" by Fear. Read more here.

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Foreigner Recording Unplugged Concert For Release

(hennemusic) Foreigner will record their forthcoming album, "The Hits Unplugged And Live", at a private event benefitting JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on August 24 at The Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Foreigner is donating their performance that evening and their royalties from the record - which will released in early 2016 - to JDRF. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.

"We are so pleased to be collaborating with JDRF for such a meaningful program," says guitarist Mick Jones. "Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to our heart, as our longtime tour manager's daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 when she was 4 years old. There is tremendous anticipation around our first ever live acoustic album, and we're glad we could donate our performance fees and royalties to benefit such an important cause." Read more here.

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Smithsonian Pay Tribute To Thrash Legends Slayer

(Classic Rock) The US Smithsonian Institute's National Museum Of History has released a video feature, celebrating Slayer's history of musical invention and innovation.

In the six-minute profile, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph look back to how they helped form the thrash metal movement. Frontman Araya recalls the phone call from guitarist King that got him involved, saying: "He mentioned Iron Maiden, and I'm thinking, 'Who's that?' So I went out and bought the record, and when I listened to it I was like, 'Oh my God!'"

King remembers the challenge of securing early shows in California as the band aimed to be "anti-Ratt, anti-Motley Crue - anything we could do to not be a hair band."

Drummer Bostaph agrees: "I thought, 'I want to play drums and I want to kick ass.' If I have to spend two hours doing makeup before I go on stage, I'm not interested."

And guitarist Holt reflects: "Thrash has endured because the music's honest - it's real, it's from the heart." Watch the video here.

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Shinedown Announce Long-Awaited New Album 'Threat To Survival'

(Classic Rock) Shinedown have confirmed the release of their long-awaited fifth album Threat To Survival will be released on September 18. The 11-track follow-up to 2012's Amaryllis has been subject to a number of delays - not least because of frontman Brent Smith's health problems.

The band launched lead track Cut The Cord last month after Smith described the album as a "brutal" work. Shinedown say: "We can't thank you enough for your patience.

"We have poured our entire being into these songs and into this album. We are beyond proud and we believe it's worth the wait." See the tracklisting and watch the Cut The Cord video here.

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Megadeth Star Inspired New Operation: Mindcrime Song

(Classic Rock) Geoff Tate has revealed that a chance meeting with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson helped inspire the Operation: Mindcrime track Re-Inventing The Future.

The former Queensryche singer's new outfit released a video for the track from The Key last month, after previously confirming that Ellefson guests on the record.

Tate says in a video feature: "A few months back I was on a plane to South America and David was on the same flight. We sat next to each other for about 18 hours. I talked to him pretty extensively about the album I was working on - and he came up with some musical ideas that were really interesting to me."

The Key will be the first part of a planned trilogy and is set for release on September 18 via Frontiers Music. Watch the video interview with Tate here.

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Led Zeppelin Reissues May Make Top 10 Debut

(hennemusic) The final three albums of Led Zeppelin's reissues series are headed for a possible debut in the US Top 10. Expanded versions of 1976's "Presence", 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda" were released on July 31 as the band wrapped up a year-long reissues campaign.

Billboard reports the trio of albums could each move around 25,000 equivalent album units in their opening week of sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The three albums landed on the Billboard Top 10 upon their original release, with "Presence" and "In Through The Out Door" both reaching No. 1 while "Coda" peaked at No. 6. Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Shares His View Of Metallica's St. Anger

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor spoke with Radio.com to promote his latest book, You're Making Me Hate You, and subject of his being a metal fan and Metallica came up.

When he was asked about older bands letting him down he responded, "What I've found with some of the bands I kind of grew up with listening to, with every new album you kinda go back and you appreciate the last album more. Like when [Metallica's] Load and Re-load came out, they made me appreciate 'The Black Album' [Metallica's self-titled 1991 album] even more."

The conversation then turned to Metallica's most controversial album "St. Anger." Taylor had this to say, "If that album had different production, it would've been completely different because the Special Edition that came out had the live DVD of them in the rehearsal playing the songs, with completely different production, and some of those songs were really good.

"I can't listen to the album, though, 'cause that snare drum sound…. sorry. Lars, I love you, but that snare is s-. But then they came back with Death Magnetic, which I love. I love that album. I've gotten in a lot of arguments with people who are like, 'That's not Metallica.' It's like: they're older now. You're not 17 anymore, either!"

He was then asked if it was difficult getting into younger bands and he said, "See, I'm on the other side of that because I get to see a lot of bands in their environment, live. Gallows is a perfect example of that. That Grey Britain album is so good. I mean it's rough, it's greasy, it's pissed off, the production is amazing, and they wear their English on their sleeve. They don't care, they're like, 'We're not trying to fit in and be kind of just mediocre so we can fit in with everybody. We're British, and we don't care.' And I love that; I love the attitude there."

That's only a small part of the extensive interview. Read it all here.

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Motorhead: Through The Ages Game Coming Soon

(Classic Rock) Motorhead are joining the Victor Vran video game franchise with the release of their own expansion pack. Due later this year via Haemimont Games, Motorhead: Through The Ages will feature an entirely new storyline, new enemies, weapons and skills built around the band's themes.

Vran takes on religious fanatics, corrupt politicians and power-hungry oppressive rulers with the help of newly-designed Motor-Weapons, Motor-Powers and Motor-Skills.

Lemmy and co say: "This is an official expansion game for Vran, and will see all manner of devastated landscapes, dystopian urban environments and other elements all influenced by Motorhead's history and lyrics." Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Reveal Details For New Album

(Prog) Coheed And Cambria have revealed the artwork and tracklist for eighth album The Color Before The Sun. The follow-up to 2013's The Aftermath: Descension - their first non-concept title - will be issued on October 9 via 300 Entertainment.

The label's Lyor Cohen says: "Coheed And Cambria have created a lane and legacy for themselves that is very much their own. Their DIY approach fits the ethos of 300. They've taken some brave artistic steps on this forthcoming new album and we are looking forward to sharing it with the world."

Coheed And Cambria mainman Claudio Sanchez recently revealed the album was influence by the personal issues and legal nightmare his family faced when they discovered their home was turned into a cannabis farm while they were away on tour.

The Color Before The Sun will be available via CD, digital download and a limited edition deluxe box set which provides additional goodies and is now available for pre-order at the band's website.

The box includes the CD, a second disc with demos, an in-studio DVD and a clear 7-inch vinyl with two non-album demo tracks. Other items include an instant download of the lead track,You Got Spirit, Kid, as well as exclusive, members-only access to new music, videos, concert tickets, merchandise and commentary from the band. The package also presents two hardcover books - one featuring album lyrics and artwork and one which documents the project with prose and photographs. See the artwork and track details here.

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Opeth Celebrating 25th Anniversary With Special Release

(Prog) Opeth have confirmed details of their 25th anniversary project, The Official Book Of Opeth. The band have compiled a collection of early, personal, candid, live and studio photographs to document their complete history for the first time, starting from their formation in Stockholm in 1990 to the present day.

The Book Of Opeth tells the Swedish outfit's story in the words of mainman Mikael Akerfeldt, his bandmates, their friends, former members and collaborators.

The package comes with exclusive unreleased acoustic versions of Atonement and Demon Of The Fall that won't be issued elsewhere. It will be available in two versions - a Classic edition and a Signature box set, limited to 500 copies, signed by Akerfeldtel and including a numbered print of the Pale Communion triptych by Travis Smith. Read more here.

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Eluveitie Part Ways With Nicole Ansperger

(Prog) Eluveitie violinist Nicole Ansperger has left the Swiss band, they've announced. The group say the change is made with "great regret" and that "personal obligations" are at the root of her departure. And they've asked anyone who wants the job to get in touch.

Eluveitie report: "We have enjoyed a wonderful year of adventures with Nicole, circling the globe and completing the first part of the Origins world tour together - our biggest, longest and most successful one yet.

"Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to manage personal obligations and take care of a family alongside a life of constant touring. Nicole's priorities are with her family, where they should be." Read more here.

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Faith No More's Mike Patton Announces New Supergroup Nevermen

(Classic Rock) Faith No More frontman Mike Patton has finally unveiled his supergroup Nevermen, featuring TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and rapper Doseone.

The experimental outfit have launched their first track Tough Towns via Rolling Stone - and it'll be followed with the release of their self-titled album in the autumn.

Nevermen have their roots in Patton's 2006 Peeping Tom album, which featured Doseone, real name Adam Drucker. He later jammed with Adebimpe and sent the recordings to Patton, who went to work on them.

The results come from what they call a "leaderless trio." Read more here.

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Mike Vennart Had A Lot Of Fun With The Demon Joke

(Prog) Mike Vennart is delighted that having the freedom to do what he wanted on solo album The Demon Joke. The former Oceansize man released the record in June via Superball Music and issued videos for the tracks Operate, Retaliate and a lyric promo for Don't Forget The Joker.

Vennart tells Music Radar: "I'd had a hankering to do something a little more egocentric because Oceansize was very much a collaborative, painfully f***ing democratic collective. It was a lot of fun in that respect: a very creative environment, but there were some things that were absolutely out of the question."

He continues: "I'm from a trained metal, prog rock background and I wanted to fling a bit of that in, so there's quite a lot of shredding in it - but it's in a very ridiculous, sh*tty-sounding way." Read more here.

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Joe Bonamassa Added To Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea II Lineup

(The Blues Joe Bonamassa has finalised the bill for his second cruising festival. He'll join previously-announced acts including Robert Randolph, Blues Traveler, Beth Hart, Vintage Trouble and others.

All 24 artists set sail on the Norwegian Pearl on February 15, 2016, for a four-day experience from Miami to Cozumel, including two Bonamassa sets and a joint performance with Hart. The event also features an Ignite Artists stage, showcasing some of the best rising-star talent in the blues.

Promoters Sixthman say: "These diverse artists were hand-picked to join the festival and create a blend of styles all rooted in the blues - a genre that embodies our deepest emotions, passions, loves and fears.

"Each artist in this genre feels a profound responsibility to preserve this great music tradition, which is in line with the festival's ultimate purpose of keeping the blues alive for the next generation." See the full lineup here.

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David Gilmour Explains Use Of Ex-Prison Inmates On New Album

(Classic Rock) David Gilmour included vocals from ex-prison inmates on solo album title track Rattle That Lock, he's confirmed. He brought in singers who'd served time in the jail where his son was incarcerated in 2011.

Charlie Gilmour was sent to Wandsworth Prison for violent disorder following a tuition fees protest the previous year. That led to his father's interaction with The Liberty Choir, which arranges sessions behind bars between inmates and members of the South London Choir, and continues them when sentences come to an end.

Confirmed that seven former prisoners lent their voices to Rattle That Lock, Gilmour tells the BBC: "It's wonderful - they have a place outside prison where they feel part of of the community."

He adds: "We got to see how the system worked, and there's a lot wrong. There are many initiatives, but this one, with the dual thing of doing it inside prison and on the outside as well, is a different step that we think is very good." Read more here.

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Gentlemans Pistols Reveals Details For New Album Hustler's Row

(Classic Rock) Gentlemans Pistols have revealed the tracklist and artwork for their third album Hustler's Row. Carcass man Bill Steer's group recently signed with Nuclear Blast for the release which is expected later this year.

The cover was designed by John Pearson Illustration in conjunction with frontman James Atkinson. The singer says: "The artwork encapsulates everything I put across in the title track, that Hustler's Row is a place for freaks, losers, lovers and those searching for something more from life. So we invite you to join us on the Row…"

While a release date for the follow-up to 2011's At Her Majesty's Pleasure has still to be confirmed, the group have made 100 gatefold white vinyl pressings available to pre-order via their new label's online store. See the artwork and tracklisting here.

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Chris Cornell Asks Fans To Scratch To Reveal Higher Truth Cover

(hennemusic) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has unveiled the cover art for his forthcoming fourth solo album, "Higher Truth." Due September 18, Cornell unveiled the cover art via the website highertruthrevealed, where fans were presented with an entrance screen that reads: "Scratch to see the truth." When viewers roll their mouse across the screen, the cover image appears one stroke at a time.

Cornell began recording the project in mid-January before heading to Australia with Soundgarden in February to perform as part of the Soundwave Festival series; he completed the record upon his return to Seattle in March.

The Soundgarden singer will launch the record with a 6-week theater tour of North America that will see him perform material from his entire career. On August 14, Cornell will reissue his 1999 solo debut album under its original title, "Euphoria Mourning." See the cover art here.

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Bruce Springsteen Rocks Jon Stewart's Final 'Daily Show'

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band gave a farewell performance to Jon Stewart on his final broadcast of The Daily Show Thursday night and video has been posted online.

Springsteen's wife and E Street Band guitarist Patt Scialfa posted an Instagram photo of the group backstage before the program aired, writing, "Thank you for letting us celebrate a great run with you!!!!!!"

The image was shared on Springsteen's social media sites along with the message, "Don't miss The Daily Show tonight." As Stewart delivered his final send-off, he finished with a slight twist on his trademark send-off, saying, "Here it is, my moment of Zen."

With that, Springsteen and company launched into "Land Of Hope And Dreams" and "Born To Run" at the request of the host, who wraps up the Comedy Central series after 16 years on the air. Watch video of the appearance here.

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Metallica Release Wherever I May Roam Lollapalooza Video

(hennemusic) Metallica have released video footage of their performance of their 1991 single, "Wherever I May Roam", from this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago that took place on August 1st.

The band's video highlight package also includes guitarist Kirk Hammett, bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet, the group warming up in the Tuning Room, and their cover of the Diamond Head song, "Am I Evil?", from the concert.

The three-day event at Chicago's Grant Park saw the metal veterans top the bill on Saturday with a 2-hour, 21-song set, which they have just released. "Wherever I May Roam" was the fourth single from Metallica's 1991 self-titled ("Black") album. The tune reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Their fifth album, "Metallica" was the group's first to top the US charts and went on to sell more 30 million worldwide, including 16 million copies in the States alone. Watch the video here.

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SOG Singled Out Week: Burning The Bones

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 "Burning The Bones". Here is the story:

This song tells the story of the all too familiar war against the evil men do. Having to hunt the savage down across the world. Anywhere... everywhere... nowhere. The fiends that sit... planning... scheming... and sooner that later counting their dead.

So, all in all... we're only burning the bones to cleanse the world... burning the bones to make things right. We're burning the bones. 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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