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Day in Rock Report for 08/20/2015



Metallica Movie Mission To Lars Coming To Theaters

(Classic Rock) Acclaimed Metallica documentary Mission To Lars is set for a limited US cinema release and will also be made available via VOD services beginning on September 25.

The 2012 British film follows journalist Kate Spicer as she tries to make her brother Tom's dream of meeting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich come true. Tom has a form of autism called Fragile X Syndrome.

Kate - with the help of third sibling Will - sets out to take Tom from a care home in England to the United States to meet his hero. Kate says: We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in £100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck. We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking."

But, the film's synopsis explains, "Tom's disabilities, a dysfunctional family, and heavy metal's Labyrinthine backstage world thwart the mission at every turn. Then as they get closer to Lars, Tom the man starts to shine and a touching and inspirational finale ensues."

Ulrich described the film as "deeply moving". Read more from Lars and watch the trailer here.

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Texas In July Announce Farewell Tour

Texas In July have announced the bulk of their North American farewell tour which will be taking place this fall and the band still plans to announce a special final show in their hometown.

The tour will feature support from Reflections, To The Wind, and Invent, Animate and will be kicking off on November 5th in Toronto, On at Hard Luck. The band has announced dates through December 11th with more stops to still be announced.

Texas In July's Benjamin Witkowski had the following to say about their final trek "We have all been patiently waiting the arrival of this announcement. This November/December is going to be an absolute blast, making a trip around North America one last time as TIJ.

"We are all very excited to spend time with fans/friends from all over during this last tour. Just a few more months til the first gig of the last gigs, see you all there!"

Guitarist Chris Davis adds, "Having something that has encompassed so much of our lives for so many years come to an end is not easy, but we are very excited to have one last round of wild shows with all of the fans that made this adventure possible for us.

"We'll be playing songs from every album in the band's catalogue, some that haven't been played in years, or ever at all! Come help us make this last tour one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!" See the tour dates here.

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Iron Maiden Release 'Speed Of Light' Documentary

Metal legends Iron Maiden have released a new online documentary about the making their "Speed of Light" video which features the clip's director and producer Llexi Leon.

The band premiered the new video late last week which features their mascot Eddie in a series of classic video game scenarios. The track is the first song the band has revealed from their forthcoming album. Watch the "Speed of Light" video here.

The band's new double album, "Book Of Souls", is set to be released on September 4th in various formats including double standard CD, digitally, deluxe 2 CD version and a triple heavy weight vinyl version. Watch the "Speed of Light" documentary video here.

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Crying Foo Fighters 'My Hero' Fan Reveals Reason For His Tears

(Radio.com) When Foo Fighters' recent performance of "My Hero" moved a fan to cry at a recent performance, many, including frontman Dave Grohl himself, assumed the fan was drunk and just overcome with emotion seeing his favorite band singing a favorite songs.

Well, an interview with the fan on a local rock station (via Uproxx), the fan (Anthony) revealed the real reasons why he was so moved by the moment, and booze did not play a factor.

'My mom died about six months ago," he said, "and I'd just got back from Europe putting her in her crypt, and he just started singing it and I just got all emo. What I hated is he was like, 'Oh he's a drunk guy.' I was dead sober. I don't drink. You know, I might have had a little Colorado green, but I don't drink." Read more here.

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King Conquer's Adam Whited Leaves Tour For Medical Reasons

King Conquer announced on Monday that bass player Adam Whited was forced to leave their current tour and return home to Florida to see his doctor due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis.

The band posted the following message on their Facebook page, "No one that's never been on the road will ever really know how hard it is. Especially if you have a life altering disease like Adam does, he has had MS since before we even started touring and he has always pushed through the sh*tty sleep schedules, the insane heat, the strain your body goes through on stage, the sh*tty food, not showering for weeks, and everything else horrible that we put our bodies through.

"He has finished every tour he has ever been on with us, but today he woke up with no vision in his left eye and depth perception completely out of whack, it's sad to say that he won't be able to finish this tour with us. Tonight he is going to still play the show with us, but he will have to be sitting in a chair on stage. We have to buy him a flight back to Florida tonight so that he can go to his doctor and hopefully not have another relapse.

"We will be continuing the tour with Austin Coupe of Adaliah, and Bryan Long of Dealey Plaza trading off bass duties for us! Wish Adam the best of luck and we thank the dudes in the other bands beyond words for helping us, and Adam out!"

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Geoff Tate's Operation Mindcrime Release 'Burn' Video

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have released a video for their track Burn. The song is taken from Geoff Tate and co's debut album The Key, which will be released on September 18 via Frontiers Music.

The album marks Tate's first release since reaching a legal settlement with his former colleagues in Queensryche. The Key is the first in a trilogy of records that explores "international politics, the world economy and social ethos."

Tate says: "We've thrown out the rules for this record, and it's been really liberating. I'm a fan of old prog, and that music didn't stick to rules. It's inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it's great being in a position to write without constraints."

In the Burn video - directed by Seattle filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlin - Tate and the band are seen performing in the back of a stretch Limo, with an array of changing guests. Chamberlin also directed the band's video for Re-Inventing The Future. Watch the "Burn" video here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler To Guest Star On Nashville TV Series

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of the ABC-TV series "Nashville." While there's no word on the timing of Tyler's appearance, the fourth season of the series will premiere on September 23, at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.

Tyler tweeted a picture of him and "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere, writing, "Hayden and I getting a little 'crazy' on set at Nashville. You won't want to miss this. #PatsyCline"

The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

Tyler issued the project's lead single, "Love Is Your Name", to radio in May before delivering the debut live performance of the tune on the season 14 finale of American Idol on May 13. Read more and see the photo here.

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Eric Clapton Film 'Slowhand At 70' Coming To Theaters

(hennemusic) A new concert film, "Eric Clapton: Live At The Royal Albert Hall", will debut in cinemas worldwide on September 14. Subtitled "Slowhand At 70", the project captures the guitar icon during his 7-show run at the famed London venue in May in honor of his 70th birthday in March.

The series of shows also marked Clapton's 50 years in the music business and more than 200 performances at The Royal Albert Hall. Viewers will hear classic tracks and fan favourites from the Mississippi blues of Robert Johnson that originally inspired him, through Cream, Derek & the Dominos and the many highlights of Clapton's long solo career.

The cinema event will also include a special featurette filmed exclusively for theater audiences. Presented by Paul Gambaccini, it features interviews with Clapton associates Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Lowe and Chris Stainton, as well as journalists Hugh Fielder and Paul Sexton. Read more here.

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Blessthefall Announce Fall Tour In Support Of To Those Left Behind

Blessthefall have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a North American tour in support of their forthcoming album "To Those Left Behind".

The new album is set to be released on September 18th and a little over a month later they will kick off the trek on October 20th in Tucson, AZ at Club XS. The tour is set to conclude on November 22nd in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues.

The tour will feature support from Stick To Your Guns, Emarosa, and Oceans Ate Alaska. Cane Hill will be on most of the trek up until their final show on the tour on November 16th in Colorado Springs. See the tour dates here.

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The Sword Announce North American Fall Tour Legs

The Sword have announced a two legged North American fall tour that they will be launching in support of their new album "High Country," which will be released tomorrow (Friday, August 21st).

The band will be kicking off the first leg on October 9th in Dallas, TX at Gas Monkey Live and wrapping the leg on November 4th in Lubbock, TX at Jakes. Kadavar and All Them Witches will be the support acts for the first leg (but Kadavar will not be part of the final five shows).

The second leg will feature support from Royal Thunder and is set to launch on November 18th in New Orleans at One Eyed Jacks and will conclude on December 19th in Corpus Christi, TX at the House of Rock. See the tour dates here.

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Ghost Kickoff Unholy Unplugged tour

(hennemusic) Ghost launched their Unholy/Unplugged tour of US record stores in Seattle on Tuesday. Promoting the August 21 release of their third album, "Meliora", the Swedish rockers performed at Silver Platters in Seattle, WA and video of their full 4-song set has been posted online.

New singer Papa Emeritus III and two of the Nameless Ghouls were on hand to play a four-song set that included "Jigolo Har Megiddo," "Ghuleh" and "Zombie Queen" from 2013's "Infestissumam", and the title track to their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP "If You Have Ghost."

Following the performance, Ghost reportedly hosted 2- hour meet and greet with fans at the store. The Unholy/Unplugged trek will sees the band hit four more US cities this week, including Los Angles, Phoenix, Baltimore and Brooklyn .

The intimate acoustic performances will be followed a month later by the Black To The Future North American tour, which begins at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22. Watch video from the tour kick off here.

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Sepultura Beginning Work On Next Album

(Classic Rock) Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser says the band will release their 14th album next year. They're set to start writing material for the follow-up to 2013's The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart soon, with Kisser and drummer Eloy Casagrande already sharing ideas.

Kisser tells Impact: "The new album, we're gonna starting working now. I have a lot of riffs here and there. Eloy also has some ideas. But we need really to start organizing and then get ready for practice and really develop the songs properly. But we're gonna take our time, probably for an end of 2016 release."

He adds that recent 30th anniversary celebration single Under My Skin won't be on their next release. He says: "That song is not a part of any album, it's something very specific for this year, a celebration of 30 years." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Mercyful Fate Stars Join Forces For Denner Shermann

(Classic Rock) Michael Denner and Hank Shermann have joined forces on a project called Denner Shermann and revealed details of their debut release. The outfit issue the four-track Satan's Tomb EP on October 2 via Metal Blade Records. The guitarists worked together in Mercyful Fate, for whom Shermann still performs.

Joining them in Denner Shermann are Demonica bassist Marc Grabowskie, former Mercyful Fate drummer Snowy Shaw and Death Dealer singer Sean Peck.

Denner had the following to say about the group: "Creating these songs with this lineup really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever. I'm sure the fans are going to love this thing."

Shermann adds: "This mix ended up really having an old-school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume." Satan's Tomb will be available in CD, vinyl and digital download formats. watch a trailer for the record here.

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Gwar Add New North American Leg To 30th Anniversary Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Gwar have expanded their North American tour plans with the addition of an autumn leg featuring support from Born Of Osiris and Battlecross. The band celebrated their 30th anniversary this past weekend at the sixth Annual Gwar B-Q in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

The three-day event featured performances from Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and the full lineup from The Summer Slaughter Tour - Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation.

Gwar will launch the 30 Years Of Total World Domination Tour on August 25 with guests Butcher Babies and Battlecross - which includes three Riot Fest shows - and now they've added an autumn run with Born Of Osiris and Battlecross. Canadian dates will see Cryptopsy in the lineup.

With newly-announced shows set to start October 7 in Cincinnati, guitarist Pustulus Maximus offers a preview of what fans can expect during the autumn run.

He says: "I have yet to grasp this concept of the internet and the spouting of self-important speeches by people in social media - the internet must die, so Gwar will kill it.

"Management tells me the internet is not a person that can be fought and killed, but they don't know the true power of a Scumdog. We kill everything." Check out the dates here.

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Children of Bodom Frontman Explains New Lineup Adjustment

(TeamRock Radio) Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho says the Finnish outfit successfully adjusted to the loss of guitarist Roope Latvala earlier this year by recording their ninth album I Worship Chaos as a four-piece.

The band announced Latvala's departure from the lineup on friendly terms in May after 12 years with the group. Laiho says he was probably the band member most affected during the recording of I Worship Chaos and that the lineup change ultimately brought the group closer together.

He tells Metal Exposure: "It was more work for me obviously, because I was working double shifts with the guitars. I didn't mind. If anything, I think it sounds tighter than ever, so at least something good came out of that.

"Surprisingly it went very smoothly. Roope and the rest of us parted ways three days before hitting the studio. I think that it brought all of us ever closer and made us work harder." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Release 'Black Night' Video From Upcoming Live Set

(hennemusic) Deep Purple are sharing a performance of their 1970 classic, "Black Night", as a preview to their forthcoming live album "From The Setting Sun... (In Wacken)."

Due August 28 (September 18 in North America), the package sees the band captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013. "Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals ever," says bassist Roger Glover. "We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb. As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.

"Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken."

A second live set, "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" - which presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014 - will also be issued the same day. Watch the video here.

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Graveyard Release 'Apple And The Tree' Video

(Classic Rock) Graveyard have launched a video for Apple And The Tree, the first track to be revealed from their forthcoming Innocence And Despair album, the follow-up to 2012's Lights Out.

"Somewhere between Innocence & Decadence is where you will find Graveyard, hard at work trying to figure out which apples that will fall from what tree," says drummer Axel Sjöberg. "Can you see us? We're that little hopeless case of a fly in denial - since forever stuck between the piles of sh*t that your ever repeating life keeps lining up for you."

Innocence & Decadence will be released on September 18, and can be pre-ordered now. "It's gonna be an album filled to the rim with a little bit of this," say the band. "And, for all of those who might wonder or worry - there will be quite a lot of that on it as well. We've had a great time recording the album at the "gemytliga" Atlantis Studios in Stockholm together with Janne Hansson and Johan Lindström." Watch the new video here.

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Megadeth Heading Down Under For Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Megadeth have announced dates for a tour of Australia. Along with special guests Children Of Bodom, the band will play four shows starting October 16 in Perth.

Megadeth are on track for a late 2015 release of their forthcoming 15th album. Recorded in Nashville, the untitled project is co-produced by frontman Dave Mustaine and Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn), and is currently being mixed by Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur.

The project features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God. Megadeth debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'été De Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival) in Quebec City on July 18. See the newly announced tour dates here.

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Dr. Feelgood Receive Home Town Honor

(Classic Rock) Dr. Feelgood have been honored in their home town of Canvey Island. A painting of the original lineup of Wilko Johnson, John Sparkes, John Martin and the late Lee Brilleaux, has been added to the mural on Concord Beach, which illustrates the history of the place.

Liam Heatherson, co-founder of Beyond The Point website, which promotes local history in the Essex town, painted the scene. He tells the Yellow Advertiser:

"I was delighted to add this mural to the seawall. We worked from an old black and white photograph of the original group - somehow black and white captured the mood we wanted to create." Read more here.

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Yes and Toto's Lose Of Key Members Gave Them Greater Connection

(Classic Rock) Steve Lukather says Toto's summer co-headlining tour of North America with Yes is the perfect musical fit for the band as both acts adjust to the loss of key members this year.

Following his 2007 retirement from touring after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, Toto bassist Mike Porcaro died in March while Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away on June 27 from leukemia.

When the tour was first announced, Lukather declared Yes as the group's musical heroes and the pairing a "crazy dream come true", and now says the losses have only served to further strengthen the personal bond and mutual respect between the two bands.

Lukather tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "There's a greater connection there than people realise. We've worked together in various configurations. And then both of us have suffered a tragic loss at the same time - we lost Mike Porcaro and they lost Chris Squire, sadly. He was a hero of mine.

"I used to line up when I was a kid to get tickets to see the Close To The Edge tour at the Forum in LA. Steve Howe is one of my all-time guitar heroes, and we've worked together in various configurations. Geoff Downes and I worked on Asia records and Steve Porcaro was in a band with Chris Squire briefly, with Billy Sherwood, who is filling in for Chris." Read more here.

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Golden Void Premiere New Song 'Dervishing'

(Prog) Golden Void have released their track Dervishing through Prog. It's lifted from the band's second album Berkana, which is set for release on September 18 via Thrill Jockey.

The band are led by Earthless mainman Isaiah Mitchell, who's joined by Camilla Saufley-Mitchell, Justin Pinkerton and Aaron Morgan in the lineup. It's their first release since their self-titled 2012 debut.

Mitchell tells Prog: "The lyrics for Dervishing are very simple in meaning. The world is turning constantly and forever changing - rotation of seasons and cycles.

"I felt that the image of the whirling dervish would be an appropriate metaphor to express our oneness with the Earth. I want the listener to hear the hope and positivity for a happy planet that this song conveys to me." Stream the track here.

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Singled Out: Ahab's The Light In The Weed (Mary Madison)

Today Ahab guitarist and lyricist Chris Hector tells us about the song "The Light In The Weed (Mary Madison)" from their brand new album "The Boats Of The Glen Carrig", which will be released tomorrow (August 21st). Here is the story:

As we do not really have a single, I'll tell you something about the song that has the most personal meaning for me on the album. It is actually the most melancholic one but also the one with the most positive meaning.

Normally almost any of the journalists think of "crushing", "depressing" or similar stuff, when writing about our music - which is okay, but ...
There was this one incident, when Daniel (our singer) and me strolled around the festival site of a German festival and were stopped by an almost bald headed girl. She just told us: "Thank you for your music - it saved my life during chemo therapy."

Besides being stunned by such an ultimate compliment, I guess, that was the first time, I realized, all these writers were probably right on a "scratching the surface level", but so wrong at the same time.

These few words and some personal experiences were much of an inspiration for my "The light in the weed" lyrics (besides interpreting the last chapters of W.H.Hodgson's novel "The Boats Of The Glen Carrig", of course). I loved the thought of having our album end in such positive and surprising way, too.

Musically I wrote the main song actually for some hobby electronic project of mine. But it turned out, the rhythm of this one was too twisted for "four to the floor stuff". So I showed the chords to the guys as I thought this probably could fit way better to AHAB. When we started working on it, Daniel, Stephan and Cornelius put in their interpretation of the chords and suddenly it turned out to be a very emotional AHAB song. I had goosebumps, when I first heard the whole song with the subtle drumming, the warm bass grooves and Daniel's haunting vocal lines. Him singing the last four lines at the very end of such "crushing" and "depressing" album was a very special moment for me. And it hopefully makes people listen to our music in between the lines as well.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album
right here!

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