Day in Rock Report for 08/18/2015

Underoath Reuniting For Music Festival Appearance

Underoath, featuring a lineup of Aaron Gillespie, Grant Brandell, Spencer Chamberlain, Chris Dudley, James Smith and Tim McTague, have announced that they will be reuniting to perform at the Self Help Music Festival next year.

The festival will be taking place at 19 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Ca on March 19, 2016 and will mark the band's first show since the final date of their farewell tour on January 26, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Fla where they were joined by former member Aaron Gillespie for two songs.

Gillespie left the group in 2009 but explains why he taking part in this reunion, "This will be fun, just pure fun. So excited to get real closure and give all the peeps the best night ever with my five oldest buddies."

Spencer Chamberlain adds, "I think after the storm settled, we immediately started being friends again. I'm not sure if the 'stars aligned' or what. All of our schedules lined up to where we could do this show. I couldn't be more stoked!"

There is no official word if the band will continue following this appearance but there are reports that it is a possibility and the band currently have a count down clock running on their official website. Watch the reunion announcement video here.

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Bill Ward Talks Possible Black Sabbath Reunion For Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he still wants to reunite with the band for their planned farewell tour next year, but that he needs a public apology from Ozzy Osbourne and a "signable" contract before that will happen.

In April, Ward had a controversial public exchange with Osbourne over year-old-plus remarks by the singer that suggested the drummer was not physically fit enough to participate in Black Sabbath's 2013 album "13" and its accompanying world tour.

Osbourne refused to apologize and re-stated that the drummer was not fit to tour. Now, Ward says he'd still love to return and play with the band but can't do so without the two issues being resolved.

"If everybody could get on the same page," Ward tells 106.5 WFSL New Bern, NC. "My page, I've been quite pronounced about my page, which is a signable contract and an apology over certain issues that Ozzy said about me that weren't true. I'd like him to publicly apologize. He said these things at the public level, so I'd like him to publicly apologize. He's already responded to that, saying that'll never happen. So, as long as that'll never happen, then I probably won't be joining the band in 2016.

"Do I love them? Yes, I do. Would I like to play with them? Yes, I would. Am I upset about all the upset? Yes, I am. I'm very, very sad by all the fans' reactions and the way that things have split and gone different ways and everything else. It's not nice at all to be in this position, and it's not an easy responsibility for me to maintain when uncountable amounts of people are angry with my decision-making process, which was that I need a signable contract. And now I need an apology. First, it was, 'I just need a contract, guys.'"

"So, yeah, it's very sad, but I would love to [return to Sabbath]," adds Ward. "If we could get past everything, and everything else, I would love to be a part of it. You know, I love the guys. I mean, I still love Ozz. Just because we have a disagreement, or there's a disagreement on the table, I still love him very much." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Speaks Out About Cancer Fight

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has spoken exclusively to Metal Hammer about his battle with cancer. His original diagnosis in February indicated a single growth on his tongue, but he later revealed he also had two tumours removed from his neck. He was given the all-clear in May.

Dickinson tells Metal Hammer: "You end up with the metabolism of a hummingbird during this treatment because you're being cooked from the inside out.

"But your body's also trying to heal itself rapidly, and it goes into overdrive. I think that's one reason why you lose weight. It's simply because your system is banging away and then eventually it all dropped back down to normal. It's fascinating. Basically, I am my own science project." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Reveals His Original Career Choice

(TeamRock Radio) Corey Taylor believes music is the last human emotion that "ties us all together." Discussing his love of playing live and how music has shaped him as a person, the Slipknot frontman recalls how being in a band eventually made him turn his back on his dream of being a history teacher.

He says in an artist spotlight video: "Music is everything. Music is so important to me that if I didn't have it, I wouldn't be the same person. For the longest time I didn't know that I wanted to do music. I wanted to be a history teacher, but I just kept coming back to music.

"Music is probably the last vital emotion that we all have in common. It doesn't even have to be the same style, but it's the one thing that ties us all together."

And the vocalist adds that playing live is the ultimate high for him as a musician. He says: "Putting the stuff on, touching base with all the guys, coming together for the huddle, going backstage and waiting for the audience to pop - that gets the adrenaline going like nobody's business." Read more and watch the full interview video here.

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe On The Changing Demands Of Metal Fans

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God released their latest album VII: Sturm Und Drang last month, earning their highest ever UK chart position when it landed at no. 7 and frontman Randy Blythe says they intentionally set out to make a short, impactful album in the vein of Metallica and Slayer classics.

"Everybody wants bonus tracks now, and we all wanted a 10-song record. You look at Master Of Puppets or Reign In Blood, and they're short. Reign In Blood is 30 minutes, and it's just a pummelling masterpiece.

"For an album that you're going to have any sort of longer songs, I think constant sonic barrage, just constant ass-beating, it gets old on the listener. You need some dynamics, some ebbs and flows." Read what he thinks of most guitar solos here.

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My Ruin's Tairrie B Giving Away New Solo Album

My Ruin frontwoman Tairrie B is offering fans a free download of her brand new solo hip hop album "Vintage Curses" which she recorded to celebrate her 50th birthday.

"Fans of my band have asked me to do this for years and although I have thought about it a lot, I never felt the timing was right until now," says Tairrie B. "Writing and recording Vintage Curses not only helped to invoke many memories for me as an author but it has also re-birthed me as an artist."

The album was co-produced by Tairrie and her husband Mick Murphy (My Ruin, Teenage Time Killers, The Birds of Satan & Neanderthal) who also played live drums, bass and guitar on the effort.

Tairrie had this to say about the process, "Recording a hip hop album was a new experience for Mick but he enjoyed it as much as I did. I also reached out to two very good friends who we had worked with on previous My Ruin albums to help me conjure the music for 3 songs. Joel Stooksbury, who co-produced The Sacred Mood (2013) and A Southern Revelation (2011), created Spirit Queen with me, and Josh Lynch, who co-produced Ghosts and Good Stories (2010), co-produced Carpe Noctem and my new single Beware The Crone. Production-wise, I refer to all of us together as The Covenant."

Grab the free download here.

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Marq Torien On Short Stint With Ozzy Following Randy Rhoads' Death

(Classic Rock) Bulletboys frontman Marq Torien discusses his brief spell as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist in the wake of Randy Rhoads' death. Ozzy later brought in Bernie Torme as he apparently worried that Torien was too young.

Torien tells The Metal Voice: "I just consider ourselves a hard rock band. We got thrown into that mix. Tesla got thrown into that mix too. I don't consider them a hair metal band either. No disrespect, I don't like that particular wording. I don't even like grunge, I think grunge is just real rock."

He tells The Metal Voice: "Brad Gillis had just left the band and I got hired by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. I would say I was in the band a little over a month. I was very blessed and fortunate that a very close friend of mine, one of my mentors Gregg Giuffria, introduced me to Ozzy and Sharon and I got a chance to come and play at Gregg's house.

"Ozzy liked the way I played and wanted me to come and see if I could work with the band. That was big time. I was just talking with Rudy Sarzo and he was telling me, 'Marq at the time we were still really trying to get over Randy's passing and I think Ozzy thought you were still too young and he wanted to get someone else for the European tour.' I think they managed to get Bernie Torme." He also discussed his views on Bulletboys being labeled with the "hair metal" tag. Read about that and watch the full interview here.

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Ghost Streaming New Album 'Meliora' In Full Online

(hennemusic) Ghost are streaming their latest album, "Meliora", in full ahead of its release on August 21. Produced by Klas ┼hlund and mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Linkin Park), the project is the follow-up to the band's second album and major label debut, 2013's "Infestissumam."

The album presents the debut of vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls following the resignation of his three-month older brother Papa Emeritus II earlier this year.

Ghost are launching "Meliora" with an unplugged tour of US record stores this week. The Unholy/Unplugged trek sees the band hit five US cities - Seattle, Los Angles, Phoenix, Baltimore and Brooklyn - where they will perform new material in an acoustic format.

The intimate appearances will be followed by the Black To The Future North American tour, which begins at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22. Stream the album here.

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Puscifer Announce Fall Tour In Support Of New Album 'Money Shot'

(Prog) Puscifer have announced a US tour in support of third album Money Shot - due out on October 30 via Puscifer Entertainment. Led by Tool and A Perfect Circle mainman Maynard James Keenan, the group's follow-up to 2011's Conditions Of My Parole will see them launching the project with a six-week US jaunt that will begin at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix on November 1. The album's tracklist has also been released.

Kennan says: "As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. We've been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail.

"As usual, we prefer to show rather than tell. Odds are if you've been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you'll want to go ahead and place those bets."

The live line-up for the Money Shot tour includes Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Mahsa Zargaran and newest addition Paul Barker of Ministry and Lead Into Gold. See the dates here.

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Mew Release 'The Night Believer' Video

Mew have released a new music video for their song "The Night Believer", which is a track that comes from the band's current album " + - " (plus minus) [PIAS].

We were sent these details about the clip, "Produced by the UK-based Kestrel Media, the video was conceived by Lianne Pierce who also created the Pixies' animated video for 'Bagboy.' For 'The Night Believer' video, Pierce teamed up with the stop-motion animator Will Hodge (Disney's 'Frankenweenie,' Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox').

"Pierce and Hodge set to work crafting 2D, cardboard creatures to cruise around in colorful, plasticine cars, using stop motion and After Effects trickery to bring everything to life.

"The result is a race between a variety of critters and a towering, hungry robot, all tangled in a myriad of color and accompanied by the cheery tune of 'The Night Believer.' Watch it here

The band will be promoting their latest album with the launch of their first North American tour in five years, which will be kicking off on September 17th in San Diego. See the dates here.

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Vinnie Paul Looks Back At Meeting Eddie Van Halen

(Classic Rock) Vinnie Paul has recalled the first time he met Eddie Van Halen and how the encounter launched a long-standing friendship. The former Pantera drummer and his late brother Dimebag Darrell saw a parallel in their stories with that of EVH and his drummer brother Alex. And when Eddie turned up unannounced at a Dallas strip club owned by Vinnie, the guitar hero spoke about the similarities between the sets of brothers.

Paul tells a fan Q&A (via Blabbermouth): "Van Halen were a huge influence on me. Eddie and Alex inspired me and my brother so much. It was really just unbelievable the parallels that we had between ourselves.

"I remember the first time I met Eddie. He was in town and I was off doing something and my brother was in Phoenix. And my manager at the Clubhouse calls me and says, 'Hey, man, Eddie Van Halen is in the club. He wants to see you.' And I was, like, 'You've gotta be kidding me.'

"I hauled ass over, walked into the club, and he's sitting there at the table by himself waiting on me. I came in, and we gave each other a big hug. We'd been talking maybe 10 minutes, and he goes, 'It's unbelievable how much we've got in common - you and your brother, and me and Al.'"

Soon after that meeting, Vinnie and Dimebag were invited to watch Van Halen live as guests of Eddie. Read about that here.

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Uriah Heep Reuniting With Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake

(Classic Rock) Uriah Heep have announced that two of their classic-era members will appear onstage for a one-off show in Russia. Keyboardist and guitarist Ken Hensley and drummer Lee Kerslake will appear with the band at the Moscow Circus on October 15 and play a two-hour set.

Hensley was with the group from 1969 until 1980 and co-wrote much of Heep's early material, while Kerslake has had two stints with the band, playing with them between 1971 and 1979 and again between 1981 and 2007.

The pair will hit the stage with guitarist Mick Box, singer Bernie Shaw, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, bassist Davey Rimmer and percussionist Russell Gilbrook. Read more here.

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Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash Producer Bob Johnston Dead At 83

(Classic Rock) Bob Johnston, a Columbia Records producer who worked on landmark albums from iconic artists Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, has died at the age of 83, a friend confirmed.

He was behind the desk for Dylan's Blonde On Blonde album in 1966, and also oversaw Johnny Cash's live records At Folsom Prison in 1968 and 1969's At San Quentin.

One of Johnston's friends confirmed the news of his death at a Nashville hospice to The Austin Chronicle: "Bob's wife told me he passed away peacefully. The grand master waved his magical wand for the last time, then disappeared off into the night." Read more here.

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Amon Amarth Working On Music For Next Album

(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth have confirmed they've started fleshing out ideas for their 10th album. The band split with drummer Fredrik Andersson after 17 years in March - and they've not yet confirmed his replacement.

They said in January they were hoping to release the follow-up to 2013's Deceiver Of The Gods early next year. And frontman Johan Hegg reports that they're now putting the pieces in place.

Hegg says in a posting on Twitter: "Going to a cabin in the woods with the guys this week to write and rehearse. Could be very productive or very frustrating." See the post here.

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Talking Heads' David Byrne Calls For Transparency In Music Biz

(Classic Rock) Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has called for transparency in the music industry, as he says the way revenue is shared by labels and streams is cloaked in secrecy.

And while he reports he's behind streaming service Spotify, he admits trying to get answers to the way finances are handled is frustrating. He says in his New York Times column: "Many streaming services are at the mercy of the record labels (especially the big three: Sony, Universal and Warner), and nondisclosure agreements keep all parties from being more transparent. We need information from both labels and streaming services on how they share the wealth generated by music."

He's asked YouTube how ad revenue from videos containing music is split and says he was "stonewalled." And when he approached Apple Music for an explanation to how royalties are paid to artists during their three-month trial period, he was met with an equally vague response. Read more here.

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HIM's Next Album Delayed By Lineup Change

(TeamRock Radio) HIM frontman Ville Valo says the band's next album likely won't arrive before Christmas of next year. Their last record was 2013's Tears On Tape and the singer said last year that they'd start work on the follow-up in 2015. And even though they'll be busy writing material in the coming months, it will be well over a year before it's released.

Losing drummer Mika Karpinnen earlier this year is being partially blamed for the delay. He was replaced by Jukka Kroger. Val tells MDR Jump: "It's an interesting time for us, since our previous drummer left the band in February. So now we have a new guy. We're just doing a few shows to test the waters and see how the chemistry works within the band.

"Everything is going splendid, which is great, because it's not the easiest thing. We had the same drummer for 15 years, and then, all of a sudden, now we have to find somebody who would actually fill that hole.

"But he's doing a great job. So, hopefully, we go back home in about a week, and then start, little by little, working on the new stuff - which would mean that, if we're lucky, it would be out in a year. Christmas next year." Watch the full interview here.

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TesseracT, The Contortionist, Erra and Skyharbor Announce Fall Tour

TesseracT announced that they will be hitting the road this fall with the launch of a North American tour that will feature support from The Contortionist, Erra, and Skyharbor.

The tour will be kicking off on November 2nd at the Theater for Living Arts in Philadelphia and will be concluding on December 7th with a show at Irving Plaza in New York City.

TesseracT Amos Williams had this to say about the trek, "Five years ago we bundled ourselves in to a van and set off on our debut North American tour. It was not only our North American debut but also our first major tour, really."

The Contortionist frontman Mike Lessard adds, "We're beyond excited to announce that we're touring with TesseracT. They're a band we've always wanted to tour with, so it will be nice to share the road with them finally. This tour is a must see for any progressive fan!" See the dates here.

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Billy Sherwood Offering New CDs Ahead Of Wide Release

(Glass Onyon) Yes and Circa icon Billy Sherwood has announced the release of his new solo album Divided By One as a physical CD following its digital release as well as a compilation called Collection that includes a hand autographed postcard.

These two CDs and the signed postcard are currently only available directly from his official website ahead of their wide release in October 30th, 2015. Sherwood had this to say: "I'm very excited to finally have 'Divided By One', my 7th solo release come out on CD. I'm proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now."

The new compilation, Collection, includes two exclusive tracks and Sherwood had this to say about it, "I'm happy to announce the release of 'Collection', it's made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting's song 'I Hung My Head'" See the tracklistings here.

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Napalm Death, Carcass, Obituary, Voivod and Herod Tour Expanded

Napalm Death have announced that the upcoming Deathcrusher Tour with Carcass, Obituary, Voivod and Herod has been expanded with several new dates including a new leg in the UK and Ireland this fall.

The new leg will be headlined by Carcass and is set to kick off on October 23rd in Wolverhampton at Wulfrun Hall and wraps up on October 30th in Manchester at the Ritz.

The next night, Halloween, the tour hits the European mainland with a show in Antwerpen, Belgium at Trix Zaal with the trek concludes on November 29th in Barcelona, Spain at Sala Razzmatazz.

Prior to the launch of that European tour, Napalm Death also have several stand-alone dates and music festival appearance in Europe, the U.S., Japan and a Russian Tour. See all of the dates here.

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The Sixxis Announce North American Tour With Riverside

The Sixxis have announced that they will be hitting the road next month where they will be the support act for prog-rockers Riverside's North American tour.

The Riverside tour is scheduled to kick off on September 13th in Richmond, VA at the Canal Club and will be concluding on September 25th in Cleveland, OH at the Agora Ballroom.

The Sixxis will be touring in support of their latest album "Hallow Shrine," which was released earlier this year. Frontman Vladdy Iskhakov had this to say about the trek, "We are thrilled to announce that we will be joining up with Riverside on their upcoming US tour. Our combined musical styles cover such a great range of musical landscapes that we are certain that fans will be blown away by the shows." See the dates here.

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Butcher Babies' Heidi Shepherd Faced Uphill Battle To Success

(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies singer Heidi Shepherd says her struggle to be accepted as a woman in the metal world made her work harder to achieve her dreams. Shepherd fronts the band along with Carla Harvey and says they haven't had it easy since they started out in the world of rock and metal. But she adds that she would probably not have been as driven had she not met with resistance.

Shepherd tells Metal Wani: "It's been an uphill battle, but it's also a double-edged sword. It's been somewhat of a hard journey because of that, but I feel very lucky, because I think if it had just been widely accepted, I may not have worked as hard for it, and I may not still be working as hard, and we may have just floated under the radar.

"The fact that we are something different, two girls in a metal band, maybe it turned some heads. It turns people off, without hearing the music at all, but it also turned heads that may not have turned before.

"And it is unfortunate that people immediately dismiss a band because there are girls in it. That's ridiculous - that's the dumbest thing ever. There's no reason why girls can't get up there and rock just as hard , if not harder than, the boys." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Sabaton Look To History For Inspiration Not Science Fiction

(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton frontman Joakim Broden says there's no chance of the band ever writing songs about high fantasy or science fiction. The Swedish outfit traditionally look to history for inspiration for their tracks - and the singer says that won't change any time soon.

Speaking at Hungary's Fezen festival, the frontman said: "The most important thing is that it's as historically correct as we can make it. There are the first albums when we sang about anything. I ended up with a feeling that writing the lyrics was not so much fun- it was a necessary evil.

"As soon as we twisted into history and you feel a connection to a story, you want to tell it and you want to tell it really good - and there's enough bands singing about drinking beer, having sex and killing dragons." Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Serenades Drunk Crying Fan With 'My Hero'

(Radio.com) Earlier this week at the Foo Fighters' show in Denver, Colorado, Dave Grohl paused in the middle of "My Hero" to tell an emotional story about traveling from city to city when a man near the front audience stole his attention.

"Don't cry motherf--, I know you're drunk, don't cry," Grohl yelled after turning the audience lights on. "Are you crying right now? You're f--ing crying aren't you? I love you man, look at you, holy s-. You know what, f- that speech I was just going to make, I'm singing this s- to you right now. I'm gonna sing this f-- song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I'm going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me. Don't make me cry, because I promised I wouldn't do this."

Having moved up to the front row, Grohl demanded that Anthony, the crying fan now jump on stage with him. But as Grohl has done with his doctor and several others on this tour, he made him the center of attention.

"I'm gonna stand up with my broken leg and sing this f-- song to your drunk ass right now." Using crutches for balance, Grohl hobbled up from his stool and and stood to the side of Anthony, who spun nervously in Grohl's stool while his hero sung to him.

After a clumsy duet, Grohl told the tipsy fan "get the f- off my stage" when it turned into a hug-fest. Watch the video here.

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