Day in Rock Report for 12/01/2015

Motorhead Say Phil Campbell Is 'Recovering Well'

(hennemusic) Motorhead have cancelled a third concert date in the past few days as guitarist Phil Campbell recovers from unknown health issues that required hospitalization but the band reports that he is "recovering well".

The November 30 stop at the ACC in Aarhus, Denmark is the latest show affected by Campbell's situation following the cancellation of Friday's sold-out concert in Berlin, Germany and a Saturday appearance in Hamburg.

"We just wanted to say a hearty Thank You to all our loyal Motorheadbanging fans for their support, understanding and community right now," says the band. "It has obviously not been an easy time and with Phil recovering well, we are all doing everything we can to keep roaring right now. Your understanding and support is golden and very much appreciated. Again, Thank You." Read more here.

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Thom Yorke Compares YouTube To Nazis

(Radio.com) Radiohead leader Thom Yorke isn't a fan of sites that stream either music or video content. He's gone on record countless times slamming Spotify and similar services. In a recent interview with an Italian publication La Repubblica, Yorke took aim at YouTube, voicing his disdain for the site in a rather unusual way. He compared it to Nazi Germany, in that they steal art.

Yorke's comments were brought on by a seemingly innocent question asking how he discovers new music. "Mostly with Boomkat … I certainly don't use YouTube," Thom replied.

Yorke then took things a bit far and compared the video streaming service to Nazi Germany. "All I know is that they make money off the work of many artists who do not derive any benefit. Service providers make money: Google, YouTube. A lot of money. 'Oh, sorry, it was yours? Now, it is ours. No, no, we were joking, it is always yours,' They seize it. It's like what the Nazis did in the Second World War. In fact, they all did that during the war, the British too: steal the art from other countries. What's the difference?" Read more here.

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Breaking Benjamin Announce U.S. Headline Tour

Breaking Benjamin have announced their plans to launch a U.S. headline tour early in the new year in support of their Billboard 200 chart topping album "Dark Before Dawn."

The band will be kicking off the tour on February 18th in Atlanta, GA at the Tabernacle and wrapping up the trek on April 21st in Richmond, VA at The National.

The new dates will feature support from special guests Starset on most of the stops of the tour which follows Breaking Benjamin's recently concluded co-headlining trek with Shinedown.

The general on-sale for tickets will begin this Friday, December 4th at 10 a.m. local time. See the tour dates here.

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Slash Performs National Anthem With USC Marching Band

(hennemusic) Slash performed the National Anthem with the University Of Southern California's (USC) marching band prior to their namesake school's football game against the University Of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on November 28 and the performance has been posted online.

The former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist plans to record a new album in 2016. "We're working on new material for the next record," Slash tells Billboard. "When this tour's over we'll start going in and doing some pre-production and probably go into the studio some time in mid to late spring and record."

The guitarist is already pleased with the vibe of the new music. "They sound very rhythmic and that's definitely something that, for me personally, I'm going for," he adds. "We'll see what that turns into. It changes. It sort of evolves; you start out with one idea and that sort of morphs into another idea. At this point it sounds like it's going to be really awesome, so I'm excited about it." Watch the USC performance here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Begins Rehearsals With New Rainbow Lineup

(hennemusic) "And so the rehearsals begin," says the former Deep Purple star Ritchie Blackmore as he shares the first photo of the lineup he'll play with for a rare series of shows by Rainbow next year.

The guitarist will be joined by Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith, and bassist Bob Nouveau.

The group will perform the Best of Rainbow and Deep Purple at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in Loreley, Germany on June 17 and Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18, as well as a solo headlining date at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK on June 25.

The shows mark a rare return to rock by the guitarist after years as the leader of Blackmore's Night, a medieval folk band he formed in 1997 with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night. See the photo here.

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Queensryche Frontman Calls Out Fans' Sense Of Entitlement

(Prog) Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre says that while social media is a useful tool, it gives some fans a sense of entitlement. But despite encountering some negativity on Facebook, the singer insists the community surrounding the band is largely positive.

He tells the Straus Project: "It seems there's a slight bit of entitlement by some fans. Like, 'I commented on your thing, and you didn't answer me back.' And I've had that.

"'I've been commenting on all of your posts, and I don't think it's really you that checks. Why don't you answer me?' I'm the only one that runs my page - if anybody likes or says anything, it is me. But I can't get to everybody all the time. So social media can be great, and it can be slightly detrimental."

He continues: "Everyone now has an opinion with not much of a filter. And people's feelings get hurt really easily. But we are very active on social media, and I would say that it more positively than negatively resonates with the audience." Watch the full interview here.

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The Ghost Inside Face Long Recovery From Fatal Bus Crash

The Ghost Inside posted an online update to fans on Monday (November 30th) as the band continues to deal with the aftermath of the November 19th fatal tour bus accident.

Here is the post which was signed by the band, "Hi friends. I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Through the grace of our incredible host hotels and the community here in El Paso we were able to enjoy a great meal and have a couple hours of much needed relief away from the hospital. Our families that are here aren't used to being 'on the road' and although the circumstances couldn't be less ideal, this holiday will always be a special one for us, a genuine day of giving thanks for the gift of life we have been given. And while we are grateful for this gift, our hearts are heavy for the families of Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham who are mourning the loss of a husband, brother, son, and father. I can't begin to imagine the loss they felt with an empty chair at their dinner table.

"I want to share a little bit more with you about how things are going here. The truth is, there are a lot of very serious injuries. We are dealing with badly broken legs and ankles, cracked pelvises, and fractured vertebrae that require screws, plates, rods, and careful surgery to repair. Over the last week most of these procedures have been completed very successfully, but there are still a couple more to go, and most of the guys are still in the hospital. It is yet another blessing that we are in a place with so many remarkable doctors and surgeons to make this possible.

It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking. For now, we must put all shows on hold and focus only on our health.

"As a band, we've always taken pride in our ability to make friends in the music industry. Across genres and stereotypes we have forged the most amazing bonds with other musicians, and with those that simply appreciate music. Never in a million years would we have imagined ourselves in this position where all those friends across the years and across the miles would have come to our side before we even had the chance to ask for help. I'm a man of many words and I frankly cannot find them to describe how your collective generosity has kept our spirits afloat for the last ten days. There are far too many people to thank right now, and no contribution, whether thoughts, prayers, socks, shirts, $5 or $5000 has gone unnoticed. I hope that in due time we can truly show you our gratitude. In the meantime there have been a few heroes here that need to be named. Ryan Bingham, Stacey Cornett, Andrew Barquero, and Tim Irons have been our hands and feet. They have done everything that we cannot, including looking after our families. Our team behind the scenes, John Youngman, Mark Mercado, Dave Shapiro, and everyone at Epitaph records, has made sure that everyone that needs to be here, is here, and that their essential needs are taken care of. Chelsea Coffey at Hilton and the staff of the Hampton Inn and Courtyard Marriott, as well as the city of El Paso, have accommodated our families and made them feel as close to home as possible during this impossibly difficult time. Delta Airlines has graciously helped with our travel to and from all corners and coasts of the country. And also a man that rarely gets the credit he deserves, Kevin Lyman, has put his countless resources into play to ease the burdens upon us and our loved ones.

"Now, more than ever, The Ghost Inside is not just 5 guys on stage, but everyone across the planet that has shared a moment with us, however large or small. Thank you for standing with us when we cannot stand on our own."

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Aiden Expand Winter Tour, To Film New Shows For DVD

Aiden have announced that they have expanded their upcoming UK trek "The Last Sunrise Tour" and they will be filming a newly announced full show and an acoustic show in London for a live DVD.

The new dates include January 26th in Swansea at The Scene and the acoustic show at The Garage in London on January 30th followed by the final stop of the tour the next night at the Underworld in London.

The tour will be kicking off on January 16th in Manchester at Sound Control. Frontman William Francis had this to say, "Okay London.... The first show at the Underworld on the 29th has sold out. So we added a secret acoustic show the next night at the Garage and that sold out as well. So we've decided to add a second Underworld show on the 31st of January!

"We will also be filming this to release as a special DVD! So..... If you get a ticket and come to the show you'll also receive a free download of the performance." See the dates here.

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Nikki Sixx Updates Fans On New Sixx: A.M. Albums

(Classic Rock) Nikki Sixx says he's completed bass recording duties for both upcoming Sixx: A.M. albums. He believes the band have outdone themselves with the material - and he's emphasized once again that the band will no longer be a side-project after Motley Crue play their final show later this month.

Sixx says: "F***, yes - finished all my bass parts for both albums. Tour dates and releases being planned as we speak. DJ Ashba has just a few more solos and guitar tracks to go as James Michael is finalizing his lead vocals and then starting the mixing process.

"I fell like we've topped ourselves on both albums song-wise, but in the end our fans will make that decision for us." In a Facebook question-answer session Sixx describes the records as "heavy but well-rounded" and "diverse," and adds: "The future is all Sixx:A.M." Read more here.

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Anthrax Exploring 'Different Ideas' On New Album For All Kings

(Classic Rock) Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna says fans can expect some "different ideas" on For All Kings. They'll release their 11th studio album on February 26, 2016, and recently issued lead track Evil Twin. But Belladonna insists the rest of the album will offer much more.

He tells Metal Forces: "There's a lot of variety on the album. That's the thing. We have a lot of room to move and grow. We're capable of doing a lot of things - there's so many different ideas, like cool riffs.

"That's what's good, although Evil Twin is a really good indication, but not necessarily. There's gonna be a lot to hear when you can hear the album." Read more here.

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Skid Row Final Trilogy EP Plans Up In The Air

(Classic Rock) Skid Row are yet to decide whether they'll complete their planned trilogy of EPs with new frontman Tony Harnell or record an album instead, according to Dave 'Snake' Sabo.

The band released United World Rebellion in 2013 and Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two the following year, with previous vocalist Johnny Solinger appearing on both. They always intended to issue a third EP in the series, saying they'd eventually go together as a theme album.

But since replacing Solinger with Harnell earlier this year, the band have been trying to work out the best way forward. Mainman Dave 'Snake' Sabo tells The Aquarian Weekly: "We're trying to figure out whether we're gonna do a full-length or if we're gonna do one more EP.

The record company perspective is that they want a full-length and I understand that. I just don't know if that is right for the band. We've written some stuff and we have a new member in the band, so that changed the dynamic completely." Read more here.

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Mike Portnoy Want Career Spanning Live Set For 50th Birthday

(Classic Rock) Mike Portnoy says he'd like to play a career-spanning live set to coincide with his 50th birthday. The drummer, known for his work in Dream Theater, Metal Allegiance, The Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs and more, was taking questions on a Reddit AMA with his Flying Colors bandmates.

Asked if he's likely to put a band together to play material from his past, he reveals it's something he's been mulling over. Portnoy says: "I have indeed considered that and I'm considering doing something along those lines to celebrate my 50th birthday in April, 2017. We'll see - stay tuned."

Flying Colors released Second Flight: Live At The Z7 this month and Portnoy insists the work he's done in the band is more emotional than anything he's been involved with before. Read more here.

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Hail Of Bullets Lose Frontman Martin van Drunen

(TeamRock Radio) Hail Of Bullets have split with frontman Martin van Drunen. The Dutch death metal outfit insist they'll bring in a replacement, but all of their scheduled tour dates have been cancelled as a result of the split, which the band say is down to a "personal" clash.

Hail Of Bullets say: "On a personal level it's no longer possible for us to continue the cooperation with Martin. Unfortunately this means we have to cancel all upcoming shows until further notice.

"This does not mean the end of Hail Of Bullets. The main reason for starting this band eight years ago was our mutual love for real death metal and to have fun playing our favourite kind of music and we did not want to lose this 'fun part.'

"We acknowledge the fact that Martin's a good singer with a distinctive voice but he's not the only great singer on this planet." Read more here.

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Fear Factory Relive Tour Bus Accident In New Vlog Video

(TeamRock Radio) Fear Factory's Burton C Bell and Dino Cazares have recounted the moment their tour bus was involved in a collision last week. Everyone onboard escaped injury when their vehicle collided with a truck while travelling to a show in Munich.

Frontman Bell says on the band's tour vlog: "I went to sleep around 1.30am and the next thing I remember is being pushed forward in my bunk and I thought, 'Holy f***, we just went through something.'

"I'm in the bottom bunk and crawled out on my hands and knees to the front of the bus. It has this window we can sit and look out of and the f***ing thing is just cracked. I went, 'Oh, god we hit something.'"

Guitarist Cazares adds: "He lost control for a few seconds and rear-ended a truck that was servicing the road. Maybe there was construction on the road and they just picked up the pylons or something." Watch the video here.

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Helloween Release 'Lost In America' Video

(Classic Rock) Helloween have released a video for their track Lost In America. The song comes from the German outfit's 15th studio album My God-Given Right, launched in May this year via Nuclear Blast.

They'll head out on the road across Europe in January and will play London's The Forum on February 3. Guitarist Michael Weikath had the following to say about the London gig:

"We feel pleased and honored to yet again come to London. As mentioned before, we always hold these opportunities in high regards. We can't wait to welcome you all to the Forum. See you there." Watch the video here.

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The 69 Eyes Preview New Single 'Jet Fighter Plane'

The 69 Eyes have released a teaser clip for the song "Jet Fighter Plane" which will be the first single and video from their forthcoming album "Universal Monsters".

The band is currently in the studio with producer Johnny Lee Michaels in his Helsinki-based Bat Cave Studios working on the album, which is set to be released in April 2016.

The "Jet Fighter Plane" video was directed by Ville Juurikkala (Nightwish, Amorphis, Michael Monroe). Vocalist Jyrki had the following to say about the track, "The song has a dark early 80's kind of vibe. I wrote the lyrics with those Cold War-era times in my mind. Strangely the world has totally returned into those dark days again after recording the song.

"It's been some 15 years since we recorded the 'Blessed Be' and 'Paris Kills' albums with producer Johnny Lee Michaels here in Helsinki. You can consider 'Universal Monsters' as a follow-up to those records. Nobody makes this kind of music anymore." Check out the preview here.

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Slayer To Headline The Bloodstock Festival

(TeamRock Radio) Slayer has been announces as the third and final headliner for next year's Bloodstock festival, which takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire, from August 11 to 14.

Having headlined the UK's premier metal festival back in 2013, the thrash titans are coming back for 2016 with the monstrous Repentless under their belts and a lust for violence. "I'm looking forward to heading back to Bloodstock, as always!" says Kerry King. "Come party with Slayer and watch us wreck the place!"

Slayer will be closing the Sunday night of Bloodstock and join other headliners Mastodon and Twisted Sister. Also announced for the Derbyshire weekender are Behemoth, Venom, Rotting Christ, Dragonforce, Anthrax, Gojira, Satyricon and Paradise Lost. Check out the poster here.

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Discipline's Matthew Parmenter Announces New Solo Album

(Prog) Discipline mainman Matthew Parmenter has confirmed the release of his third solo album, All Our Yesterdays. The follow-up to 2008's Horror Express will be launched via Bad Elephant Music after he met some of the label's executives in a fire evacuation during this year's Summer's End Festival, where Displine made their UK debut.

Parmenter says: "Members of BEM were pointed out to me while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive. We eventually hooked up and they brought me on board. We can all blame it on the fog machine!"

He performed all vocals and instruments himself, with the exception of drum tracks on four songs, which were provided by Paul Dzenzel. The results are described as "a stunning piece of work, best experienced as a single, all-encompassing musical odyssey." Read more here.

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Brian Eno Working On New Album With Peter Chilvers

(Prog) Brian Eno is working on a solo album with producer Peter Chilvers, it's been revealed. Eno let slip in an interview with the Guardian that he's making new music, and Chilvers confirmed in a Facebook post that the pair are at work on the follow-up to 2010's Small Craft On A Milk Sea.

Referencing the Guardian article, Chilvers says: "Tucked into the conversation are a few mentions of a new Brian Eno album, which I take as a sign that it's safe for me to mention its existence now.

"I'm particularly excited about this one. For the first time I'll be credited as assistant producer, as well as playing various keyboard parts. It's shaped up to be an extraordinary album, and it's been an extraordinary experience making it, pretty much living in the studio for a month." Read more here.

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Opeth See Each Album As Their Possible Last Record

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says he treats every album as if it'll be the band's last. Not looking beyond the project he's currently working on helps him get the best out of his ideas, the frontman says.

He tells Maniacs Japan: "I see each record as a possible last record. But I think it's a healthy thing, to not look into the future too much, for me. I've never been one of those guys - I just live in the now.

"So I can't really see where we're gonna take it musically. I think that we're gonna put out more records. So I'm excited about that. But when I think about the future, the thing that excites me the most is the fact that I don't know what's gonna happen - to keep it fresh and exciting for us too. So we don't have a plan for the future, but we hope that there is a future." Read more here.

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David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock S.A. Tour Promo Videos Released

(hennemusic) Promoters Mercury Concerts have released two videos as a preview of David Gilmour's upcoming South American tour in support of his latest album, "Rattle That Lock."

His first solo tour of the continent will see the Pink Floyd guitarist play 5 shows in Brazil, Argentina and Chile starting December 12 in Sao Paulo. "I've never toured in South America before," says Gilmour, "and I'm hoping that one will be enormous fun. I'm sure it will be very lively."

"Rattle That Lock" was recorded at the guitarist's Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK with co-producer Phil Manzanera and wife and lyricist Polly Samson.

Gilmour launched a world tour in support of the record with a September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK before playing a sold-out 11-date European tour that included five shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

The guitarist will perform a series of North American shows in the spring of 2016. Watch the videos here.

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Supersonic Blues Machine Reveal More Details For Debut Album

(Classic Rock) Supersonic Blues Machine have released further details on their debut album West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco. The band were formed by Fabrizio Grossi, Lance Lopez and Kenny Aronoff and will release the record on February 26 via Mascot Label Group.

West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco features Billy Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte. The band released their track I Ain't Falling Again earlier this month.

Grossi said: "The blues is what makes me tick. It's the main ingredient of any successful musical recipe. You'll feel B.B. King's presence on stage - even though we might be wearing space suits."

They're planning to tour North America and Europe in the future. Check out the cover art and track details here.

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Wilson Announce UK Headlining Tour

(Classic Rock) Wilson have announced a UK headlining tour for early next year. The Detroit rockers play nine dates in the UK, starting in Wolverhampton on February 23. They supported Halestorm on their UK tour and their second album Right To Rise was released earlier this year on Razor & Tie.

Guitarist Jason Spencer says: "While sitting here taking a sh*t, it hit me exactly how exciting this tour is going to be for both you and us. It will be the perfect blend of f***ery, rock'n'roll, and all round good times"

Frontman Chad Nicefield adds: "We are beside ourselves with excitement to be bringing our stench back across the pond. This will be our first time ever headlining in your neck of the woods and each show is going to feel like the best Friday night on Earth." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Cyberstar's Eye For An Eye

Cyberstar is the new supergroup featuring Vocalist Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool), Billy Grey (Fozzy) and Dusty Winterrowd (Allele). Today Billy tells us about their track "Eye For An Eye." Here is the story:

The song Eye For An Eye is very special to me personally. It is my first collaboration with my favorite and one of the best vocalists in the biz, Jasen Moreno, as well as my good friend and one the best and most driven drummers in the biz Dusty Winterrowd. Jasen and I toured Europe together, and I immediately wanted to jam with him. Dusty and I met via my old band Dangerous New Machine.

We decided lets do a project, write and record some tunes, even if it was just via the internet. Our first one is Eye For An Eye. It's a tune about never giving up, not taking any sh*t, not listening to the haters and the naysayers. It's a tune about winning and about strength!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group right here!

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Dean Ween Covers Eagles Of Death Metal For Paris Victims

(HW) The Dean Ween Group has taken up The Eagles of Death Metal's challenge to record a cover of "I Love You All The Time" to raise money for the victims of the Friday the 13th terrorist attacks in Paris.

Dean released the following comments, "I have been very close friends with Josh Homme for over 20 years. He is easily the best friend I have in a band. when we need advice we talk to one another. We were signed to Elektra the same week (Kyuss) and we toured a lot together during that era (Chocolate and Cheese). The sense of love and camraderie on those tours was unparalleled. we were like a gang, like one big band instead of two. always onstage during each other's sets. Later on, in the earlier days of QOTSA we were reunited and had two of the most legendary tours of all our lives.

"When I heard about the Paris attacks I broke down and called him immediately and surprisingly he answered. Finding out that Dave Catching was alive and unharmed was one of the biggest reliefs of my life. To give you a sense of how close we are, I've stayed for long visits at Josh's parents house and his mom did my laundry and cooked for me. There was a blizzard back east so I ended up being stuck in Palm Springs for a week because there were no flights and Josh was on tour. We're "that kind of close" though.

"Dave Catching is the sweetest guy I've ever known. So sweet in fact that Ween took him on a long tour of Europe and I paid his hotel rooms, per-diems, flights, etc with the understanding to the tour manager and clubs that (me pointing) "don't ask him to carry anything, move anything, or do anything". He's that sweet of a man and just having him around made every day more fun. My point is, that we are VERY CLOSE, me and the whole QOTSA and EODM.

"When Josh asked me to cover this tune, I dropped what I was doing on the most important (to me anyway) gig night of my life. I was debuting the tunes from my forthcoming Dean Ween Group" album. I came to the studio with our drummer Ray Kubian (who is a great singer as well) and I had a concept. One sample of handclaps and 8 tracks of grunting in the rhythm of the song and scat singing. I laid down a bass track for an anchor or a guide, sped the song up to 150 beats per minute when the original was about 115. One acoustic guitar, and Ray taking the lead vocal.

"It went perfectly--we used every track that we recorded. I then called Chris Shaw, who produced Ween's White Pepper album and mixed Moistboyz IV. He is the best producer and engineer I know and he dropped his Saturday Thanksgiving travel plans to mix it for me.

"I feel so passionately about this track and I have set my personal goal at one million views. Please check it out and donate some cash to the Sweet Stuff Foundation via https://www.thesweetstufffoundation.org/. All donations made through our site are dedicated to aid the victims of the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris & the family of fallen Eagles of Death Metal brother, Nick Alexander. Donate Today."

"I'm challenging all musicians to do the same. -Dean Ween"

Listen to Dean's cover here.

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Girls Names Release 'Reticence' Video and Announce World Tour Dates

(Chromatic) Post-punk Irish rockers Girls Names have released a new music video and announced plans to hit the road in 2016 with dates across the globe including their return to the SXSW Festival in March.

The new video for 'Reticence', a track from their 'Arms Around a Vision' album, was directed by Matthew Reed and explores the contrast between human form and machinery. Watch it here.

The director had this to say: "The band were keen to do something which drew on a tension between mechanical movement and the more organic rhythm of human bodies.

"I then put that concept through a kind of 80s art school filter, which felt in keeping with the mood of the song: using a lot of 16mm film as source material and a slightly old-fashioned approach to montage in the way it's cut."

The Belfast group will be kicking off their 2016 live dates with a hometown appearance at the Out To Lunch Festival On January 29th, followed by dates in China, before kicking off a European and UK tour through February.

They will then head to Austin, Tx for next year's SXSW festival and will be reveal additional U.S. dates soon. See the tour dates here.

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Greg Lake And Geoff Downes Ride The Tiger Album Officially Released

(Glass Onyon) A previously unreleased album by Greg Lake & Geoff Downes titled "Ride The Tiger" has finally seen the light of day with the effort's official release. We were sent the following details:

"Ride the Tiger" contains six songs which the duo wrote together - one went on to became an Asia song and two became ELP songs. Four of these tracks had been released on compilations before, but this is the first time they have been collected together with two previously unreleased tracks plus one alternate mix.

Greg Lake had this to say, "To be honest I thought that these recordings had simply disappeared off the radar until one of my management team, Daniel Earnshaw, reminded me of their existence. My initial reaction was not entirely positive as I generally view many of these re-releases to be a bit tiresome, however, upon hearing these recordings again I immediately identified their value, both in terms of song writing and of musicianship and production. Geoff, of course, is a masterful musician with an instinctive ability to maximise the potential of any song both as a player and as an arranger. His contribution to these recordings is clear for all to see and for me it was a real pleasure to reflect upon our friendship together both personally and as musicians."

Geoff Downes adds, "One of the privileges of my career has been the opportunity to embrace a number of bespoke projects with some of the world's greatest musicians. Greg Lake, of course was at the forefront of the progressive revolution, lead vocalist and bassist with both King Crimson and ELP, bands which literally changed the world, pushing boundaries of excellence and creativity, creating a brand new musical genre from London which would soon captivate the planet. This collection of songs represents a particularly creative period in my life. I'm delighted that Greg and I have rekindled our friendship, and worked together again in order to share this collection with you." See the tracklisting here.

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Simple Plan Announce New Album 'Taking One For The Team'

(Atlantic) Simple Plan have announced that they will be releasing their first new studio album in five years, which will be entitled "Taking One For The Team," on February 19th. We were sent the following details:

The band will kick off support for the album with a European tour with tickets for the trek going on sale this Friday, December 9th. The band had the following to say:

"We are really excited to announce the first tour in support of our new album Taking One For The Team, coming out on February 19th! These European shows will be the first of many international tours that we'll be announcing. We can't wait for our fans to hear the new album and to be back on the road."

The new album is preceded by a trio of new songs, all featured on the forthcoming release. "Boom," "I Don't Want To Be Sad," and the album's lead single "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed (feat. Nelly)" are currently available at all digital music retailers.

The companion video for "I Don't Wanna Go To Bed (feat. Nelly)" was inspired by the popular 90's TV series "Baywatch" and is highlighted by cameo from the show's star David Hasselhoff. Watch the video here.

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RHCP, Disturbed, Rob Zombie Lead Rock On The Range Lineup

(A-MM) Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed and Rob Zombie will be headlining next year's Rock On The Range music festival, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The 2016 installment of the festival will be taking place on May 20, 21 & 22, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH and will also feature performances from Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, Pennywise and more.

Disturbed says, "We've waited long enough, and so have you. Get ready, 'cause Disturbed is back and we can't wait to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Rock On The Range."

Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah says, "12 years after my last performance in Columbus, Ohio I have decided it's time to bring the music of Hellyeah to the great rock & roll fans that attend Rock On The Range!! We are looking forward to kickin' your ass at this great event!!"

"Rock On The Range is easily one of the best festivals I've ever played. Looking forward to doing it again," says Rob Zombie. See the full lineup here.

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Blackberry Smoke Raise $30K For Children's Charities

(Webster) Blackberry Smoke performed at a sold-out homecoming show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., last Friday, where they donated $15,000 to CURE Childhood Cancer and $15,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The money was raised through the sale of VIP Meet & Greet packages at their 2015 shows. This latest donation brings the total given by the band to childhood cancer non-profits and research to more than $130,000 over the past three years. Blackberry Smoke's desire to give was inspired by Lana Turner, the daughter of drummer Brit Turner, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at the age of three. Thanks to the incredible care she received from the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, who the band has donated money to in the past, she made a complete recovery and is now a happy and healthy eight year old. This year's donations will be used to fund pediatric cancer research that will impact children throughout the southeast region and beyond.

"We are so moved and appreciative to receive these funds from such a fantastic rock band which understands the crisis of childhood cancer after traveling the journey with the Turner family," said Kristin Connor, Executive Director of CURE Childhood Cancer. "It means so much that Blackberry Smoke shares our mission to eradicate pediatric cancer in our lifetime."

"We are extremely honored that Blackberry Smoke has selected Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to receive funding for important pediatric cancer research, focusing on neuroblastoma. Support from partners like Blackberry Smoke is critically vital in our current day and age to conduct research for new and innovative therapies that help cure more children of pediatrics cancer with fewer side effects," said Howard Katzenstein, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, medical director for Pediatric Hematology Oncology and the Scott and Tracie Hamilton Professor in Cancer Survivorship."It was my privilege to be part of the health care team that took care of Lana Turner during her successful treatment for neuroblastoma. The Turners were such a special family to help care for, and the band (as well as all their fans) was so supportive during all of Lana's treatment. The funds from Blackberry Smoke will be used to enhance our MIBG directed therapy at Children's Hospital as part of the newest line of treatment for patients with neuroblastoma that is available at only a handful of pediatric cancer centers across the country."

"Children do not deserve cancer," said Brit Turner. "The doctors and nurses helped save my daughter's life when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. We were told there was very little chance for survival. The least we can do is to raise money for research and support for childhood cancer patients and their families. " Find more information about the charity here.

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The Shrine Release Coming Down Quick Video

(CM) The Shrine have released a new music video for their track "Coming Down Quick". The song comes from their forthcoming studio album, Rare Breed, which will be their debut release with Century Media.

The new North American release will include "extended content", according to the label who will be releasing the title on January 15th, 2016. They sent over the following details:

Produced by Dave Jerden (the venerated knobsman behind such classics as Alice In Chains' Dirt, Jane's Addition's Nothing's Shocking, Social Distortion's self-titled, The Offspring's Ixnay On The Hombre and Eno/Byrne's My Life In The Bush of Ghosts) and recorded through the very amp that Greg Ginn recorded Black Flag's Damaged on, Rare Breed exists in a space that once was was bleeding with razor sharp lines separating punks, metal heads and hippies, where a violent clash in the parking lot of the Cuckoo's Nest was inevitable. Watch the video here.

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October Tide Release New In-Studio Video

October Tide are giving fans an early taste of their forthcoming album via a new in-studio video, which features a preview of a new song, along with a comment from the band's vocalist, Alexander Högbom.

The new album, successor to "Tunnel Of No Light" (2013), is expected to be released in early 2016 via the band's new label home, Agonia Records. Vocalist Alexander Högbom had the following to say about the effort, "This is undoubtedly the best and most emotionally charged material October Tide has created, in my opinion.

"I know how much hard work Fredrik has put into making this album and you can really feel the thought behind it all. I almost injured myself physically and was close to pass out a couple of times during the recording of the vocals. I gave it all to match the intense music and those powerful lyrics and I'm very happy with the result".

Guitarist Emil Alstermark adds the following about their new label home, "During the first glance at this label you KNOW they are into metal. We have always had an good eye to Agonia Records and their great ways of spreading heavy sounds all over the world. As for the deal itself we are very pleased with the terms and conditions which are some serious sh*t. Agonia is a killer label and a perfect partner to October Tide".

Watch the video here.

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