Day in Rock Report for 08/31/2015

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Explodes Over Thrown Beer

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth called out an upset fan for throwing a beer onstage during the band's August 27 concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey.

"Somebody just threw a beer up here," Roth told the audience as he stopped the group during the introduction to their 1981 "Fair Warning" track "Dirty Movies."

"In a younger day, I would've promised I would've slept with his girlfriend," continued Roth. "At this point in my career, the roughest, most f***ed insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife."

The singer then spoke directly to the upset audience member's partner, saying, "Can you control that motherf***er? I'll talk to you later, sweetheart," before adding, "next time, you save the beer for me, you slime", while making an obscene gesture and flipping the guy the bird. Watch video of the incident here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Working On 'Special' Album

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne is working on a new studio album, according to Epic Records President Sylvia Rhone who says the effort will be something new for Ozzy.

"It's going to be a really special album," Rhone tells Billboard. "It's going to be amazing, it's something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do."

Rhone's comments come on the heels of the Black Sabbath singer's appearance at the first annual Epic Fest, a label celebration held Saturday on Los Angeles' Sony Pictures Lot that featured sets by Osbourne, Future and others.

Osbourne has two live shows scheduled for this fall, including a Halloween appearance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans and a November 22 headline set at Ozzfest Japan, which was originally announced by Sharon Osbourne to be Black Sabbath's farewell concert. Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Hints At Possible Chickenfoot Future

Sammy Hagar hinting at a possible future for the supergroup Chickenfoot in an online posting about a visit he made with guitarist Joe Satriani in the studio. But at the moment, he is focusing his energy on his other supergroup The Circle.

Hagar posted a message on his Facebook page on Friday, sharing the news with fans that he was visiting Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani. The group also featured Hagar's former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.

Sammy wrote, "Why does Joe got to act like that? Hanging at the studio today as he gears up for his world tour to support his awesome new CD, and he and I always messing around with song ideas to see if it taste like chicken ha ha."

Many feared that Chickenfoot would never resume, including Satriani who said last month, "I don't think [Sammy] believes that making original music is worth his time any more - which is kind of sad. I just don't get that part of it."

Satch appeared frustrated about the demise of the group by saying, "a band I thought really had a future is calling it quits because they think it's too difficult. I don't understand that."

While it now appears that Hagar is leaving the door open for Chickenfoot to return, he is clearly focused on the future of The Circle, which also features Michael Anthony, as well as Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.

In the same message that he made the comments about Chickenfoot, he said, "as far as the circle goes we will definitely be recording new material soon for now looking forward to next week. I can't wait I love playing with this band live the circle at your service." See the post here.

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Of Mice & Men Cancel More Shows Following Austin Carlile's Surgery

Of Mice & Men have announced that they have canceled a music festival appearance and won't be rescheduling previous canceled dates as frontman Austin Carlile continues to recovery from surgery that he underwent in June.

Carlile underwent the surgery due to complications from the genetic disorder marfans, causing the band to cut their North American tour short. Now the band announced that they will be unable to make up the canceled dates and also pulled out of their performance at this year's Louder Than Life Festival, which will be taking place at Champions Park in Louisville, KY on October 2nd and 3rd.

The band released the following message for fans, "We regret to announce that we will no longer be playing Louder Than Life Festival and will unfortunately be unable to reschedule the shows in Mexico City and San Diego cancelled earlier this year.

"Whilst the surgeries Austin underwent earlier this summer went well, it is important that we allow him time to recover so that we may come back in 2016 stronger than ever. Refunds for the Mexico City and San Diego shows can be sought at their point of purchase."

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Iron Maiden Release 'Speed Of Light' Video Game

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have launched an 8-bit video game based on the music video for "Speed Of Light", the lead single from the band's forthcoming double album "The Book Of Souls."

The "Speed of Light" video was produced and directed by Llexi Leon with animation and visual effects by The Brewery Production Company. A huge Iron Maiden fan, Leon's first music video is an 'homage' to four decades of video gaming juxta-posed alongside the UK group's 40th anniversary.

Fans can play the browser-based game as Iron Maiden mascot Eddie. Due September 4, "The Book Of Souls" was produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014.

The project will be available in a 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition, 2CD standard edition, Triple heavyweight black vinyl, High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes) and Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz). Check out the video and grab the game link here.

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Slayer Shoot Video At Woman's Prison With Hollywood Stars

(Classic Rock) Slayer have released a series of images from the riotous shoot for their Repentless video. The promo features Machete star Danny Trejo who leads an all-star cast of actors in the clip which was filmed at Sybil Brand Institute women's prison in Los Angeles on August 26.

Directed by BJ McDonnell, the shoot took eight hours and was carried out in near 100-degree heat. It is the first music video shot by McDonnell, who was the man behind 2013 horror film Hatchet III.

The crew describe the scene as "more like something for a feature film than a rock band's music video." The video's producer Felissa Rose rounded up actors and crew who have been part of a string of iconic horror films. Trejo is joined by Friday The 13th and Predators star Derek Mears as well as Tony Moran, who played Michael Myers in the Halloween movies. Sean Whalen and Vernon Wells are also in the clip, the stunts for which were overseen by Nils Allen Stewart who worked on Planet Of The Apes and Daredevil.

A press release says: "Slayer's prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. While McDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it's safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls." See the photos here.

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Motorhead Canceled Riot Fest Denver Due To Lemmy's Health

(hennemusic) Motorhead cancelled their set at Riot Fest in Denver, CO on Friday due to concerns over Lemmy's health issues. The news comes on the heels of the group abandoning a performance in Salt Lake City after four songs when Lemmy experienced difficulty with his breathing.

"The Rocky Mountain High has affected Lemmy like the high altitude of Salt Lake City," says the band. "It's been quite a while since Lemmy was this 'high' in the US, and thus having got a burst of altitude sickness (which made it hard for him to breathe and sing properly) he has very reluctantly decided not perform in Denver.

"Lemmy is really sorry and wants to thank the fans for their support and trust. He looks forward to the next-up Texas shows…at low elevations." Lemmy's health in recent years has affected the band's touring schedule as he dealt with heart and diabetes issues. Read more here.

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Scorpions Announce Deluxe Reissues For 50th Anniversary

(hennemusic) The Scorpions will release expanded reissues of eight of their classic albums as part of a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions series on November 6. Following previously announced plans to reissue 1977's "Taken By Force" and 1978's "Tokyo Tapes", the German rockers have added another five studio album - "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love At First Sting" (1984) and "Savage Amusement" (1988) - and 1985's "World Wide Live."

In addition to dozens of unheard studio tracks and live recordings, all CD releases are equipped with extended booklets featuring rare photos and, single covers, backstage passes and additional liner notes, while five of the eight albums include a DVD with live concert footage, TV performances and interviews from the period.

The remastered LP formats are released on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating the first pressing. They also come with an audio CD, featuring the original track listing and the same bonus audio as the CD formats. A limited and numbered Deluxe Box Set will contain all remastered vinyl discs.

"It's hard to summarize 50 years in words," says the Scorpions, "but listening back to all those songs - many of them previously unreleased - recorded in one of our most creative periods, really took us back in time.

"This was a very heartfelt project for all of us. It brought back great memories whilst we rediscovered our musical DNA by listening to the archives, selecting dozens of unreleased songs and early versions of well-known Scorpions anthems.

"We really worked on the material to improve the sound quality, but always taking great care to preserve its original feel." Check out the video trailer and track details here.

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Bill Ward Had Contract Dispute With Dio-Fronted Heaven & Hell

(Classic Rock) Bill Ward has revealed that a contract dispute was partly to blame for his split from Ronnie James Dio-fronted band Heaven & Hell. The drummer is currently involved in a dispute with Black Sabbath and has repeatedly blamed his departure from that band on being offered an 'unsignable contract'. He was replaced by Vinny Appice.

Now he says a similar complaint led him to walk away from Heaven & Hell as he, Dio, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were recording three new tracks in 2006 for the Sabbath compilation Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.

Ward tells the Eddie Trunk Podcast (via Blabbermouth): "I was working on drum sounds, and I had chosen to prioritise the tracks. So I needed to utilise the time that was given to try to get the best tracks that I possibly could. But what showed up was a bad contract."

The drummer adds that he fell out with one of the other band members before being replaced by Appice. He says: "I came in and laid the tracks down, and I don't think I met the kind of criteria that one of the members wanted. And when I eventually listened to the tracks being played, I listened to it and went, 'My God,' because Vinny came in and played the tracks. And I listened to it and I went, 'My God, that's exactly what I was f***ing playing.'" Read more here.

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Keith Richards Streams Bluesy New Song 'Substantial Damage'

(Radio.com) On September 18, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will release his first solo album in 23 years, titled Crosseyed Heart and Richards has shared a sampling from the album in the form of track "Substantial Damage."

At first listen, the song rugged blues groove is loose and sloppy enough to recall 90's indie rock, but also displaying Richard's trademark chops. Fans of the Black Keys, Jon Spencer, and, of course, Richards' main band should all take note.

The record will feature a number of special guests, including Norah Jones and Aaron Neville, and will find the guitar legend trying his hand at reggae, country, rock, and blues.

According to Rolling Stone, the idea of a solo tour is something that Richards is "kicking around," but nothing is actually planned out yet and it remains to be seen whether that will actually materialize.

At the moment, I'm just getting my head into the Stones, and I haven't really thought about what I'm going to do afterwards," Richards said to RS. "But usually if I put a record out, I do some road work. So, it's possible." Stream the song here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Talks Randy Rhoads In Animated Interview

(Radio.com) Radio.com's Minimation, where they comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists, revisits a interview featuring Ozzy Osbourne discussing continuing his career after the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads.

After Ozzy Osbourne parted ways with Black Sabbath in 1979, things looked grim for him. He was directionless, he didn't have a band, and didn't have songs. Two people helped to turn him into an international superstar as a solo act: one was Sharon Arden, the daughter of Sabbath's manager Don Arden. She would soon become Ozzy's manager, and, eventually, she'd become Mrs. Osbourne. The other was the guitar prodigy that Sharon hired for Ozzy's new band, Randy Rhoads (the band was rounded out by bass player Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake).

Under Sharon's supervision Ozzy and his band recorded two classic albums, 1980's Blizzard of Ozz and 1981's Diary of a Madman, which not only established Ozzy as a star in his own right, but were also game changing albums in heavy metal, due in part to Rhoads' guitar playing. An example of Randy's influence: Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello named his son Rhoads.

Sadly, the Ozzy/Randy era was a short one. Rhoads died in an airplane accident in March of 1982. And as Ozzy discusses in this radio interview from five years later, he nearly retired from music after that. However, it was his wife who encouraged him to go on; not to mention that he felt that Rhoads wouldn't have wanted him to quit. In the years since, Ozzy has released nine more solo albums, one reunion album with Sabbath, and toured the world over and over (both solo and with Sabbath).

Speaking of Tom Morello, he's on the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and tells Radio.com that he's been working to get Randy inducted. "I've lobbied for it exhaustively, and will continue to." Hopefully 2016 will be the year that Randy Rhoads gets his due. Watch the video here.

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Van Morrison Expanding Classic Albums For Reissue

(The Blues Expanded and remastered editions of Van Morrison's 1968 album Astral Weeks and His Band And The Street Choir from 1970 will be released on October 30.

Both records will be issued by Warner Bros on CD and digital download and will feature previously unreleased tracks and alternate cuts from the records.
In addition, Legacy Recordings have released 33 of Morrison's albums after the division of Sony Music acquired the rights to 50 of his albums. The label have also issued a 37-track career-spanning compilation titled The Essential Van Morrison. They're now available to download or stream.

In other news, Van Morrison will celebrate his 70th birthday today, August 31 with a performance at the EastSide Arts Festival in his hometown of Belfast. Check out the details for the expanded reissues here.

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Sevendust Stream New Song 'Not Today'

(TeamRock Radio) Sevendust have released a lyric video for their track Not Today. The song is taken from their 11th album Kill The Flaw, which is issued on October 2 via 7Bros.

Vocalist Lajon Witherspon said: "We took some time off from the heavy side of Sevendust - and when it came time to record some new music, Clint Lowery, John Connolly, Vinnie Hornsby, Morgan Rose and I put everything we had in to what became Kill The Flaw."

Sevendust will be supporting the album release with the launch of a North American tour on September 18th. Check out the dates for the tour and watch the lyric video here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Have Half Dozen Songs For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) The Dillinger Escape Plan have "five or six" songs in the works ahead of a November studio return, says guitarist Ben Weinman. The band's sixth album - the follow-up to 2013's One Of Us Is The Killer - should be released next year.

Weinman tells GoetiaMedia: "We're working on songs now, getting ready. We have five or six solid ideas starting up. And when we get back from this run, we'll try to finish it up."

He adds that the band will likely work with long-time producer Steve Evetts, noting: "He's been working with the band as long as I have. Every now and again, we might change it up a little. I do some of the production as well - but we're pretty much going to keep going the way we've been going." Watch the full interview here.

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Larry Miller Making Big Improvements Following Stroke

(The Blues Larry Miller is in "much better spirits" and he's making progress after suffering a stroke, his manager reports. And hopes are high that he'll eventually be able to return to playing guitar.

The guitarist was last week forced to cancel all of his upcoming tour dates after entering an "intensive rehabilitation program." Miller's representative says: "Larry has made a big improvement. He's now walking normally and he even ran down the hospital corridor. He can move his right hand and each of his fingers. Larry is in much better spirits and reading."

The musician is grateful for the thousands of support messages he's received, which is helping make him "stronger every day." The statement continues: "His rehabilitation will take some time, but there is now hope that he can come back." Read more here.

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Aerosmith Release 'Walk This Way' Video From Donington DVD

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have released a video of their performance of "Walk This Way" from "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", a new live package due on Blu Ray, DVD and digital on September 4.

The set features Aerosmith's headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park. "'Walk This Way' is a good representation of the DVD," says Joe Perry. "We felt like it was a memorable show and we're glad we filmed it.

"To us, playing Donington is always a special event and it was more a roll of the dice since we were filming it. Happily our fans came out and most importantly, the energy was there between us and them. This clip is just a taste of the power of the whole DVD."

"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night," adds Steven Tyler. "I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more." Watch the video here.

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Metallica Release Live ' Battery' Video From Gothenburg Show

(hennemusic) Metallica have released footage of a performance of their classic "Master Of Puppets" track "Battery", from their show that took place in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 22.

The band's video highlight package also includes drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet, and the group warming up with their cover of Bob Seger's "Turn The Page" in the Tuning Room before the show. The Gothenburg stop was the second date on a short run across Europe that sees the group playing a mix of headline and festival shows.

Up next, Metallica will perform a pair of special concerts in Quebec City before playing a headline set at the 30th anniversary of Rock In Rio on September 19.

"We're very excited," says the band, "that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock In Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities taking place September 18th - 27th, 2015 at the City of Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"It promises to be quite the party as we join a stellar festival line up including Faith No More, System Of A Down, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknot and many others." Watch the video here.

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Riverside Release Time Machine Promo For New Album

(Prog) Riverside have released the third and final teaser clip for sixth album Love, Fear And The Time Machine. Entitled Time Machine, it follows videos called Love and Fear, which were launched over the past month.

The follow-up to 2013's Shrine Of New Generation Slaves is released on September 4 via InsideOut. Frontman Mariusz Duda recently said: "I wanted to combine the 70s and the 80s.

"The 80s was a decade of musical growth for me - I remember being enchanted by music deep with bass, chorus and all kinds of reverb." Watch the video clip here.

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Ahab Streaming Cover Of Alan Parsons Project Classic

(Prog) Ahab have streamed their cover of The Alan Parsons Project's The Turn Of A Friendly Card exclusively with TeamRock. Originally released on the album of the same name in 1980, the German outfit's fresh take features guest vocals by Olav Iversen of Sahg.

It appears on the Deluxe Wooden Box edition of fourth album The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, which is on sale now. The follow-up to 2012's The Giant sees Ahab continuing their tradition of taking inspiration from seabound horror stories. Guitarist Christian Hector recently told Metal Hammer: "Everybody wants us to do HP Lovecraft - but how often is that done?"

Instead they read William Hope Hodgson's The Boats Of The Glen Carrig. "We were like, 'That's it, that's the one,'" said Hector. "Then we started to write music. After that was recorded came lyrics, but we always knew where we were in the story." Stream the song here.

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Earthside Release 'Mob Mentality' Video

(Prog) Earthside have released a video for their track Mob Mentality - and they want the ambitious production to be a benchmark for their future work. Mob Mentality appears on the North American quartet's debut album A Dream In Static, set for launch on October 23.

The song features guest vocals from Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon and musical contribution by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra, while the promo features Ballet Inc dancers Kyla Ernst-Alper and Wade Watson, choreographed by Aaron Atkins.

Guitarist and composer Jamie van Dyck says: "Involving all those people in our art reaffirmed the value of what we're doing, and sets the stage for the collaborative spirit we hope to embody as we reach into the worlds of film, dance, video games and other visual arts."

A Dream In Static also features guest appearances from Dan Tompkins of TesseracT, Bjorn Strid of Soilwork and Eric Zirlinger of Face The King. It was produced and mixed by Opeth collaborators David Castillo and Jens Brogen. Watch the video here.

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Ian Anderson To Visit Grave Of The Read Jethro Tull

(Classic Rock) Ian Anderson will visit the grave of the real Jethro Tull later this week, he's confirmed. Although the band named after the historical figure has been retired, Anderson's latest live show is based around his life and times.

He'll take the tribute one step further when he visits Tull's memorial at St Bartholemew's Church in Lower Basildon, Berkshire. The pioneering agriculturalist was buried there after his death in 1741. He's remembered for inventing the horse-drawn seed drill among other innovations, before one of Anderson's early managers chose his name for what was to be a one-off performance in 1967.

Anderson created Jethro Tull: A Rock Opera after having ignored the real Tull's biography for years, finding it "awkward and embarrassing." When he finally read up he discovered many of the band's songs were "an easy fit" with what's known about his life. Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Announce European Fall Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon have announced a run of European shows for November. They'll be supported by Neck Deep, PVRIS and Beartooth on selected dates.

Oli Sykes and co played the Reading and Leeds festivals over the weekend and they will be returning to the UK for four dates during the upcoming trek across Europe.

The tour has been set up to support fifth album That's The Spirit, out on September 11. In addition, they've teased Avalanche and Doomed from the album. Hear the clips and see the tour dates here.

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All Time Low Reveal UK Tour Details

(TeamRock Radio) All Time Low have confirmed a full UK tour in addition to the Glasgow show announced last week. The band return in February for a total of five dates in support of last year's album Future Hearts.

Frontman Alex Gaskarth says: "Playing the arena circuit earlier this year with You Me At Six showed us that rock's still got a place at the table when it comes to putting on massive shows.

"We feel like it's our time to step up and prove to ourselves and the world that since Future Hearts, All Time Low is an arena band. We can't wait to bring a ton of the new music to a show on this scale." See the dates here.

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Hexvessel Make New Beginning With New Label Deal

(Prog) Hexvessel have signed with Century Media for their third album - and the Finnish psych-folk outfit say it's a "new beginning." The follow-up to 2012's No Holier Temple and 2013's Iron Marsh EP is expected in January.

UK-born bandleader Mat McNerney says: "The time we have invested in this next album has been very carefully spent. We have become very focused on what we want to do - we want to deliver something really special for our fans.

"It's very important music for us, close to the bone and nestled right up next to our hearts. This is magic art from a personal place." Read more comments from McNerney here.

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