Day in Rock Report for 08/19/2015

Led Zeppelin TV Special Set For Labor Day

Jason Bonham will be the host of AXS TV's Labor Day special that will focus on Led Zeppelin and will celebrate the 47th anniversary of the iconic group's first live show.

The nine-hour 'Whole Lotta Love' event on September 7th will include four showings of the Celebration Day concert film which documented the band's December 2007 reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London.

The surving members of the band, guitarist Jimmy Page, lead singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, were joined by John Bonham's son Jason on drums for the special reunion they staged to pay tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Jason had the following to say about the show, "It's a great privilege and an honor to be even in the same breath as my father. To get a chance to play with these peers, with the band as well, you're gonna see what was truly one of the greatest days of my life."

The network will premiere the documentary at 11 AM, ET/8 AM, PT and air encore broadcasts at 1:15 PM, ET, 3:30 PM, ET and 5:45 PM, ET.

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Dez Cadena (Black Flag and Misfits) Has Throat Cancer

(Classic Rock) Former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The guitarist - who also worked with Jerry Only's Misfits - is said to be confident of making a recovery. But as he faces months of rest, he'll be unable to perform live and friends have set up a fundraising page to help with his costs.

The GoFundMe page reads: "Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor's bills.

"We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez's cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene." Read more here.

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Megadeth Offshoot Act Of Defiance Streaming New Album Online

(hennemusic) Act Of Defiance - the new band launched by former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover - are streaming their debut album, "Birth And The Burial", ahead of its official release on August 21.

The band - which also includes former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand - have also announced dates for their first-ever North American tour with live shows to begin October 22 in Las Vegas.

"We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear Birth And The Burial streaming in its entirety," says Drover. "We worked extremely hard to make the best HEAVY METAL record we could, and we are all beyond excited for to sink your teeth into this record. We said from the get-go this record is 100% uncompromising heavy metal, and now you can hear it for yourselves!

"With the release of Birth And The Burial, we as Act Of Defiance can now at last announce our first co-headlining tour with our new Metal Blade label mates Allegaeon! This tour will be 100% complete HEAVY METAL and we cannot wait to see you all there!!"

Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November - just hours apart - that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests. Stream the new album here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announce Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour

(Scoop) Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates and details for their 2015 Winter Tour which will focus on the band's Yuletide tale "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," and will include 100 shows in 60 cities across North America this November and December. We were sent the following details:

Based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall's past. "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" features such lasting crowd-pleasers as "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day."

TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O'Neill says, "'The Ghosts of Christmas Eve' brings me back to TSO's beginnings. We recorded this TV show before TSO had ever toured and it was almost like our first show. It was filmed in a majestic old theatre in Jersey City and we got to work with the legendary Ossie Davis, Jewel and Michael Crawford. There was a magic we captured and I think that's why it was so successful as a fundraiser for PBS. The special features some of the best songs from our catalog at the time. We want to keep the spirit of the story alive and weave it together to encompass the best of the Christmas Trilogy that fans of all three stories can enjoy. The band always gets excited when they get to do something new and now that we are finished up with Letters From The Labyrinth there is going to be lots of new music and twists for our fans on this tour." See the tour dates here.

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Iron Maiden Video Director Explains Speed Of Light Video Game Theme

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden video director Llexi Leon said he put himself under pressure to make the band's Speed Of Light video the best work of his career. The track was released last week - the first material lifted from Maiden's 16th album The Book Of Souls, which is launched on September 4.

Leon, the creative director at Phantom management, tells Metal Hammer: "It seemed a perfect fit - 40 years of metal explored alongside four decades of video games.

"I pitched this idea to Rod Smallwood and the guys in the band. They loved the concept and asked if I could pull it off. I figured it was Iron Maiden so I had to pull it off - and it had to be the best thing I've ever done."

He continues: "The video is littered with nods to Iron Maiden artwork - whether it's the poses of the characters at certain key moments, or imagery woven into the background art. There's a lot to look out for in the video." Watch the video here.

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Ugly Kid Joe Recruit Motorhead Star For First Album In 19 Years

Ugly Kid Joe have announced their first new album in almost 20 years. "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be" will be released on October 16th and features a guest appearance on three tracks from Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.

The band recruited Campbell to play on their cover of the Motorhead classic "Ace of Spades" as well as the songs "My Old Man" and "Under The Bottom".

The album was recorded by the band's current 7-member lineup which includes Whitfield Crane (Vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (Guitars) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (Guitars), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Zac Morris (Drums), Cordell Crockett (Bass) and Dave Fortman (Guitars).

Frontman Crane had the following to say, "It's a full circle of sorts. There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like." See the tracklisting here.

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Creed Wrote Almost Albums Worth Of Music During Reunion

(Classic Rock) Mark Tremonti says Creed wrote the best part of a full album during their 2009 reunion - but that it will likely never see the light of day. The guitarist is so busy with his other projects that he doesn't see Creed ever working together again.

He has been touring in support of Tremonti's second album Cauterize with plans to issue an already-recorded third disc, Dust, in early 2016. Around the same time, Alter Bridge will reconvene to record their follow-up to 2013's Fortress.

With so much going on, Tremonti says a return to Creed just isn't on the cards - even though the group penned "nine or 10" tracks in 2011/2012, at the tail end of their 2009 reunion.

Tremonti tells Alternative Nation: "My life is just so busy right now it would be hard for me to do anything else. There were some songs we worked on before things went south. On the last tour, we didn't see eye to eye to say the least, and then we put a halt on any new music. We had already gotten about nine or 10 songs ready to go.

"It just doesn't make sense for me though, having two new Tremonti records, a new Alter Bridge record and Myles will have a new Slash record. A new Creed record would be just too much stress." Read more here.

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Between The Buried And Me Announce North American Tour

(Prog) Between The Buried And Me have announced dates for a North American tour in support of their latest album Coma Ecliptic, which will also feature Enslaved, Intronaut and Native Construct.

The month-long run starts November 18 in Cincinnati and sees the US prog metallers teamed with three support acts that were personally selected by the group.

Bassist Dan Briggs says: "This is a package that we handpicked each band, which doesn't always happen. It shows off the diversity of the progressive music universe and we couldn't be more excited to have a young band like Native Construct, Intronaut who are great friends of ours already, and the legends in Enslaved along with us."

The trek will follow a European tour that opens with seven UK shows in September alongside support from Haken. Read more and see the dates here.

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Experience Hendrix Tell Their Side of Infringement Ruling

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. have released a statement about a recent court decision involved the rights over late legendary guitar icon Jimi Hendrix which has widely been reported in the media as the settlement of a legal dispute between Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix who runs Experience Hendrix and another family member who is reportedly involved with another company.

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. points out in their statement that what transpired was a court ruling against the other company that prohibites them from using Hendrix "marks in the advertising and sale of merchandise and in any business or domain name." Here is the statement that they released:

Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.,, has closed yet another chapter in its ongoing effort to protect the reputation and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix was founded over 20 years ago by James "Al" Hendrix, the rock icon's father, mandating a mission to preserve Jimi's place in cultural history and to offer his fans authentic Jimi Hendrix music and merchandise of indisputable quality.

In 2009, Experience Hendrix and its affiliate, Authentic Hendrix, filed suit In the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to stop Andrew Pitsicalis from infringing upon Hendrix family trademarks and from engaging in deceptive trade practices. In May of this year, the Court entered the Amended Permanent Injunction, prohibiting Pitsicalis from using registered HENDRIX marks in the advertising and sale of merchandise and in any business or domain name.

In 1995, Al Hendrix specifically hand picked the team he wanted to manage the family company to promote and protect his son's legacy. In recent years, Experience Hendrix has successfully fought against unauthorized Jimi Hendrix products such as vodka, coffee and other merchandise ventures. These actions are in keeping with Al Hendrix's vision of his son's legacy. This Permanent Injunction is yet another result of those continuing efforts. Ill-conceived schemes that infringe upon the trademarks established by "Al" Hendrix and the family company will not be tolerated.

"To say that we are elated by this decision would be an understatement," commented Janie Hendrix. "This is an amazing victory. Each time we face a legal issue that challenges our ability to effectively represent and protect Jimi's legacy, we put on our battle gear because we're fighting for something larger than life. Jimi isn't here, so we fight for him. The Permanent Injunction not only confirms our company's rights but also serves notice to those who would disrespect the mission that my father undertook when he founded our company. Preserving our rights means keeping the heritage left by Jimi and his music so elevated as to remain out of the grasp of those who would attempt to misappropriate it. We have always strived to make sure that the music we release and products we authorize are of the highest quality. It's a responsibility we take very seriously. This Injunction gives us more strength to ensure that the excellence of the artistry of Jimi will not easily be watered down, misused, or desecrated. We wish we did not have to dedicate time and resources that could be better served honoring Jimi's great legacy but protecting these rights is part of the responsibility tasked to us by my dad, Al Hendrix."

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Motorhead To Receive Honor From Los Angeles City Council

(hennemusic) Motorhead will be honored by the Los Angeles City Council in celebration of their 40 year anniversary and the upcoming release of their new album, "Bad Magic."

Council member Jose Huizar will be conducting the ceremony, which will take place on August 26 at 10 AM in the council chambers at city hall. Due August 28, "Bad Magic" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.

The set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil." Read more here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Leads Unite To Face Addiction Lineup

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is among the artists confirmed to perform at a Unite To Face Addiction rally in Washington, DC on October 4. Organized by the new non-profit organization Facing Addiction, the free event on the National Mall is designed to raise awareness and initiate dialogue about the problems of addiction in America.

Tyler will be joined by his Nashville-based band Loving Mary and will perform as part of a lineup that includes Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls alongside a host of guest speakers.

"Unite To Face Addiction will mark the first time our nation will collectively stand up to addiction, a health problem that impacts 1 in 3 households," says Greg Williams, co-founder of Facing Addiction and a person in long-term recovery. "Twenty-two million Americans are currently suffering from a substance use disorder, and more than 23 million others are living in recovery. When you include the families of the afflicted, addiction impacts over 85 million people - we all know somebody. It's not 'those' people, it's all of us."

"When I lost my son, Austin, to addiction, I had no idea this tragedy was happening all over America - and that in our country, a life is lost to addiction every 4 minutes - the equivalent of a jumbo jet falling from the sky every day, with no survivors," adds Facing Addiction co-founder Jim Hood. "We know there are solutions to the addiction crisis and it's time for America to face addiction and exercise the political and social will to act on those solutions." Read more here.

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Austin City Limits To Webcast Live Taping Of Gary Clark Jr.'s Set

(Coakley) Austin City Limits have announced that they will be webcasting a live stream of the taping of Gary Clark Jr.'s performance that will be taking place Monday, August 24, 8pm CT/9pm ET. We were sent these details:

The taping will webcast in its entirety directly from ACL's stage via the program's YouTube Channel and the broadcast episode will air during ACL's upcoming Season 41, which premieres in October on PBS stations.

Austin's shining star Gary Clark Jr. arrives on ACL's stage for his second headline performance at the top of his game and in advance of his homegrown new record, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, set for release on Sept. 11.

Clark Jr. has a long history with ACL, going back to his debut in Season 33 as part of the Tribute to Bluesman Jimmy Reed, through his Season 38 solo episode, a 2014 show-stopping appearance as part of ACL's 40th anniversary celebration and a cameo with the Foo Fighters that same year.

Find ACL's YouTube channel here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson To Give Blog Now, Live Forever Keynote

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson will deliver a keynote address at Blog Now, Live Forever in Mumbai, India in October. Dickinson will deliver an address on October 31, the first day of the two-day conference held at the Lalit Hotel in Mumbai and organized by blogging community IndiBlogger.

"Bruce Dickinson inspires millions across the world everyday by doing things that he loves and executing them with panache," say event organizers. "Fencing, flying airplanes, Aviation, hosting radio and TV shows, authoring novels and film scripts and brewing tasty beer are only some of his many interests and successes. He is undeniably the most loved entertainer and entrepreneur on the planet and we can't wait for him to grace the BNLF stage."

Dickinson was given the all-clear from a tumor following treatment earlier this year. Iron Maiden will issue their first-ever double studio album, "The Book Of Souls", on September 4. Read more here.

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Enter Shikari Announce Remix Album and Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari have announced the release of a remix album and confirmed a UK tour for February 2016. The British rockers issue The Mindsweep: Hospitalised on October 30 via Ambush Reality/Play It Again Sam. It's a collaboration between the band and London-based drum & bass specialist label Hospital Records.

The Mindsweep: Hospitalised sees every track on Enter Shikari's The Mindsweep - released in January this year - reimagined by artists including Metrik, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd, London Elektricity and Keeno.

Vocalist Rou Reynolds says: "We've always been big on our B-sides and remixes, with every album we've always tried to get a load of drum & bass remixes done.

"While we were making The Mindsweep we started the idea of having a consolidated collection of just d'n'b tracks. Because The Mindsweep is such a varied album we just thought it'd be quite interesting to see what a drum & bass take on each track would be, and Hospital's the one label that I personally have been into forever." Read more including the tour dates here.

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Slayer Discuss Working With Terry Date On Repentless

(Classic Rock) Slayer have praised producer Terry Date for getting the best out of the band on 11th album Repentless. The follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood is due for release on September 11 and mainman Tom Araya reports that Date's guidance was invaluable in the studio.

The vocalist and bassist says: "Me being a singer, I need somebody who'll say, 'That sounded great' as opposed to having someone tell you how to do something that you've done for 30 years. I really liked him because he was so cool with that. He would guide me so a lot of the stuff came out f***ing awesome because of him."

Guitarist Kerry King says he respects the way Date worked with the band on Repentless and adds: "I don't want to be a producer because I don't have the patience for it. I just don't want to get involved in that and that's why we hire a person like Terry Date. That's his job in my book, and he did it well. It came out better than I imagined." Watch the video clip here.

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Tame Impala Release 'Let It Happen' Video

(Prog) Tame Impala have issued a video for their track Let It Happen. It's the latest release from Kevin Parker and co's third album Currents. They previously launched a puppet promo for the song 'Cause I'm A Man.

Parker recently has said that he hoped that the record would position him in a different musical direction, despite the misgivings of some of the group's fans.

He said: "I think I wanted to make songs that I'd always wanted to do, but I'd always shut out, because I thought those influences were not fitting the realm of psych rock.

"But the more I explore, the more I realize that those boundaries are meant to be broken." Watch the new video here.

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Mike Vennart Releases Live 'Build Us A Rocket Then' Video

(Prog) Mike Vennart has released a live performance video of the Oceansize track Build Us A Rocket Then. The former Oceansize frontman and current Biffy Clyro touring guitarist filmed the clip during a spring run of shows to promote the June release of his 2015 solo debut The Demon Joke.

The singer was on the road with a live lineup that includes former Oceansize members Steve Durose and Richard 'Gambler' Ingram as well as Ginger Wildheart alumni Denzel.

The tune - which originally appeared on Oceansize's fourth and final album, 2010's Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up - is one of a handful of tracks Vennart and co perform by their former band.

To date, Vennart has released four songs from The Demon Joke including Infatuate, Don't Forget The Joker, Retaliate and Operate - which is among the nominees in the Anthem category for this year's fourth Progressive Music Awards. Read more and watch the video here.

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Annihilator Streaming New Song 'Creepin' Again'

(TeamRock Radio) Annihilator have issued a lyric video for their latest track "Creepin' Again". It's taken from 15th studio album Suicide Society which is set for release on September 18 via UDR Music.

They previously launched a promo for the record's title track. Mainman Jeff Waters recently revealed his shock at the departure of singer Dave Padden who quit the band late last year.

Waters said: "The last three records have been going up and up in sales, so I was just blown away. Why would you leave now when it's doing the opposite of what most bands are doing with declining CD sales?"

He's taken over vocal duties on the upcoming album. Watch the new video here.

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Glenn Hughes Says Doug Aldrich Was The Only Man For The Job

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes says Doug Aldrich was the only man for the job when he needed to recruit a guitar player for his solo band. The former Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Country Communion and California Breed singer hits the road for a UK tour in October, starting at Norwich Waterfront on the 19th. It comes at the tail end of a wider European run.

Hughes' longstanding drummer Pontus Engborg is onboard for the jaunt, and the vocalist was thrilled to secure ex-Whitesnake axeman Aldrich to replace Soren Andersen.

As he releases the first image of the lineup, Hughes tells TeamRock: "I felt it was time for me to start touring with my solo band. I called Pontus and Soren, but Soren had made a contractual commitment to do an autumn tour in Scandinavia, so I had to find a replacement.

"There was only one man on my mind - Doug Aldrich. I've known Doug from his time with Ronnie Dio, and of course Whitesnake. Doug played with me on a couple of Purple songs at a festival the night before Ronnie passed away. We had great chemistry and talked about playing together again." Read more here.

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Royal Blood and Killer Be Killed Lead Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Songs

(TeamRock Radio) Royal Blood, Anti-Flag, Four Year Strong and Killer Be Killed and are among the acts to feature on the star-studded soundtrack for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5.

The latest game installment of Activision's iconic skateboarding series is released on September 29 and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.

Also included in the soundtrack are songs by Death From Above 1979, State Champs, Temples and Cold Cave. Skate hero Tony Hawk says: "I've always been proud of our video game soundtracks, and #‎THPS5 is no exception."

The game includes a new online 20-person multiplayer mode. THPS5 is the first new game in the series since 2007's Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. See the tracklisting here.

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Zakiya Hooker Releases New Video, Announce First Album In Six Years

(The Blues Zakiya Hooker has announced that she'll release her first album in six years. The daughter of blues legend John Lee Hooker hasn't set a launch date for In The Mood yet, but she's issued a video for the title track. It was directed by Romeo Wong Henderson.

Hooker says: "The blues is one of our last national treasures. I am happy to do my part and keep it alive and nourished. I know that's the way my daddy would have wanted it.

"His music contributions continue to impact pop culture to this day, and I know he is in the studio with me every time as I continue to keep his legend alive."

In addition, she's also announced plans to release Zakiya Hooker: Live At The International BluesFest, which was recorded in Germany. The album will feature a selection of her father's tracks along with songs from her back catalogue. Watch the new video here.

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Black Tongue Announce New Album 'The Unconquerable Dark'

(TeamRock Radio) Black Tongue will release The Unconquerable Dark on September 4 via Century Media Records. The project marks the group's second record but first full-length studio album as a follow-up to 2014's Born Hanged/Falsifier (Redux), which was a compilation of their previously released EPs of the same names.

The Unconquerable Dark is produced by Black Tongue and Jesse Kirkbride and the group say the record is a move in a new direction. They add: "Our original mindset for Falsifier and Born Hanged was to create the most ridiculously crushing music around. We created the heaviest music because there just wasn't anything around at the time that was as heavy as we wanted to hear. We feel like we did a pretty good job.

"Now there's a plethora of bands that are taking the reigns of the heavy and we love it, but a new direction is in order. With The Unconquerable Dark we wanted to keep the slow, low and crushing vibe but add some maturity to it. More riffs, more memorable choruses and some juicy lead thrown in. Don't get us wrong, this is the heaviest thing we've ever released - and probably that you've ever heard - but we took the time to give it atmosphere and structure instead of being heavy for heavy's sake." Read more here.

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Teramaze Announce New Album 'Her Halo'

(TeamRock Radio) Teramaze have announced their latest album will be called Her Halo - and it'll launch on October 30. The Australian prog metal outfit have signed with Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group for their first release with vocalist Nathan Peachey. Her Halo is the follow-up to last year's Esoteric Symbolism.

Mainman Dean Wells says of their latest material: "It was very much a conscious decision to focus on the songs. Our music is all about the song as a whole.

"If a melody only needs a slow guitar solo with only three notes, then so be it. There's no need to add anything else that might take away from the track itself. If we focus on the songwriting, we can appeal to musicians or anybody who loves good music."

Teramaze have released an short teaser trailer for the album. View it here.

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College Professor Plans To Be David Bowie For A Year

(Radio.com) A British college professor will live as David Bowie for a year in an effort to study the British rocker. Will Brooker, a professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University, has been commissioned to write a book on Bowie.

To better understand the musician over his 4-decade career, he'll eat, sleep and dress like the pop icon in what's being dubbed "The Method;" a process of transformative immersion.

The fruits of his labor will result in "Forever Stardust," a written account of the year-long experiment. In an interview with Australia's ABC Radio National, Brooker explained how deep he's willing to go and how he plans on getting there.

"I thought well, I'm going to try to listen to the music that Bowie listened to and read the books he read at specific points and watch the film that influenced him-and then start to dress like him and start to do makeup like him and so on and follow his diet to a certain extent which isn't a very healthy diet." The professor says he's gone weekends consuming only milk and red peppers. Read more here.

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Soulfy Makes Max Cavalera A Proud Metal Dad

(TeamRock Radio) Max Cavalera describes working with his sons Zyon and Igor Jr in Soulfy as "a dream come true for any metal dad." Zyon plays drums in the group, while Igor Jr - named after his uncle, who works with Max in Cavalera Conspiracy and was a founding member of Sepultura - is on bass.

Cavalier tells Spotlight Report: "They're getting good. I was not nearly that good when I was that age. You gotta give them time to get better and better, but they're already doing an excellent job - especially Zyon on the drums.

"He's doing amazing. We're on tour right now. Now Igor's playing bass and he's doing 110% every night. It makes me proud to be able to jam with my sons like that." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Pat Valley + The Population's

Today Pat Valley of Pat Valley + The Population tells us about title track from the brand new EP "Triplicity." The EP features guest appearances from Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), Rodney Beaubouef (ex-Stuck Mojo) and more. Here is the story:

This is the first song that I wrote for this project and it was certainly the most challenging to complete. Sometime in the latter half of 2014, I thought that it was time for me to branch out from other artists' projects and create something of my own from the ground up. I decided to avoid limiting myself to strict guidelines or a specific genre on the EP, but I knew that I wanted one of the songs to feel cinematic with a handful of twists and turns; something along the lines of "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", which is absolutely one of my favorite songs (hey, no pressure...).

It started smoothly enough: the intro came together all at once. The first riff after the intro came from a voice memo I recorded on my phone 5 months earlier and I was thrilled to have found a use for it. I wish I could say what followed was easy and pleasant, but it was about a month of me racking my brain to see where each riff should lead. Every night, I'd spend a few quiet minutes on my patio to try hearing what was next. It brought on a lot of frustration, but the nights when I clearly heard an answer really made all of those headaches worth it.

Once all of the music was in place and I had built up a demo at home, I started writing lyrics. I liked the idea of an ambitious song like this having lyrics that felt poetic and somewhat familiar; I'm fairly confident that people have been writing about sh*tty things happening at sea for quite a while. Crashing waves and stormy skies aside, there are two approaches I took to writing these words: macro (global issues affecting all of us) and micro (a relationship of some kind gone sour). I wasn't sure which approach I liked better, so I decided to keep it ambiguous and let listeners develop their own interpretations.

I had some great friends on board to help bring that original demo to life and make it even better: my producer, Brad Cox (who also played bass and keys), drummer Rodney Beaubouef, and vocalist Braxton O'Neal. I listen back now, and instead of hearing any walls I hit when writing it, I hear all of the ideas that made me so excited to put this song (and this entire project) together.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and stream the entire EP right here!

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