Day in Rock Report for 12/02/2015
The band will be continuing the tour with stand-in singers. They launched the trek with August Burns Red, Stick To Your Guns, Polyphia, and Wage War on November 27th with the tour scheduled to conclude on December 19th in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Soundstage.
Here is Buckley's message to fans, "As I was preparing for my book release party at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, I received an urgent call that my wife Lindsay - who was at the time only 7 months pregnant - had developed a rare and life threatening complication which required immediate removal of our child in order to save both her life and Lindsay's.
"Andy Williams and our tech Kevin White raced me to the hospital in Buffalo where I saw sights that no man, father or husband should ever have to see. It is here that I now wait as their conditions stabilize.
"ETID has allowed me all the time I need in order to handle this extremely delicate situation but they will - with my blessing - continue the tour without me, enlisting the help of very close friends to handle vocal duties.
"I apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause and will do all I can to make it up to you. For the moment, however, all of my being is focused on the recovery of my lionhearted wife and my frail but beautiful new daughter. thank you for your understanding. give my bandmates my love when you see them."
The band announced that they have added new stops in Houston (Jan 14th), Kansas City (Jan 20), St. Louis (Jan 22), Orlando (Jan 28th), Pensacola (Jan 30th) and the new final date for the trek in New Orleans on January 31st.
The new dates follow late last month's addition of a second show in San Diego on January 10th at the Viejas Arena, which follows the tour kick off show at the same venue the previous night.
As previously announced, Tool have recruited Primus to act as the support act for the tour. Tickets for the new Houston show will go on sale this Saturday, December 5th, with the on sale for the other new dates taking place on Friday, December 4th.See the tour dates here.
The band posted a series of pictures from the concert in Gothenburg, proving the trio had delivered their scheduled performance. They said: "Gothenburg rocked it, Motorhead rocked it, Philip Anthony Campbell double rocked it and the tour is alive, and kicking ears and teeth again.
"For all members of the media who engage in the modern-age bloodsport of celebrity-death-watch-by-internet-rumour-spreading, we hope you feel the shame and shoddiness of your 'work'." Read more and see the posts/photoshere.
He thinks the three-drummer lineup would be a fitting way to mark the band's final performances, even though he accepts it's unlikely to happen. Appice - who played with Sabbath during their Ronnie James Dio era and later spin-off Heaven And Hell - can see why he might not be invited to take part.
He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "They're using, probably, Tommy. It's a different band, there's different people around them, different managers. It's a whole different family. Then we played with Ronnie - it was me, Tony, Geezer Butler and Ronnie.
"If I was in the band it's like me, Tony, Geezer and Ozzy. Some people take that as weird: 'It's Heaven And Hell with Ozzy.'" But Appice is ready to roll into action if the call ever comes. "I would love to play with them," he says. "I think what they should do is have everybody play.
"Bill comes out and plays, then I play a couple of songs, then Tommy as a special guest. It would be cool - this is the last thing they're doing. There's so much history. I would be honored to do it." Read morehere.
Also on the bill for ROTR's 10th anniversary in 2016 are Megadeth, 5FDP, Rob Zombie, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Lamb Of God, Clutch, Sixx AM, Pennywise, Ghost and Wolfmother.
Disturbed say: "We've waited long enough, and so have you. Get ready, because Disturbed is back and we can't wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rock On The Range." Read morehere.
While many on the outside focus on the fanfare that surrounds GNR, Fortus insists his and Rose's focus is always on the music. Fortus tells Social Magazine: "We get along really well. I guess we come from a very similar place as far as our influences and definitely relate on that level. Essentially, with Axl, all that really matters to him is the music. So if we relate on that point, then everything else sort of falls into place."
Fortus also reveals that his other band, The Dead Daisies will begin recording a new album early next year. Their last album, Revolucion, was issued earlier this year. He adds: "We will be recording a new album, probably in February. You just have to keep putting out material and keep going, keep touring. You want every record to grow." Read morehere.
Payne has previously worked with the band both in the studio and on the road and he also appeared on a number of albums from artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris to Pink Floyd and Bob Seger.
Bill Payne had this to say about joining the group on the road, "Having played on many of their albums, and spent time on the road with them over the years, it is an absolute honor to be in the band. They have some truly great songs, the musicianship is the best, and they are good people. I'm very happy about this union."
Various members of The Doobie Brothers also commented beginning with Tom Johnston: "I have been a fan of Billy's playing since his days with Little Feat. We've had the good fortune of having him play on almost all the albums we've done in this version of the band, and that's quite a few. He's a phenomenal, one-of-a- kind keyboard player, and having him join the band is a huge plus both for the live show and for writing future studio projects."
Patrick Simmons: "It's such a pleasure to have Bill playing with us every night. Little Feat and The Doobies started out together at Warner Bros., with Ted Templeman producing both bands. There has been an incredibly close friendship, and so many musical collaborations through the years. The fit is just right. Bill takes us to a noticeably higher level that is inspiring to all of us, and our fans."
John McFee: "I've always been a fan of Billy's. As an outsider, I admired his work with Little Feat and also his incredible contributions to The Doobie Brothers' music - I mean, China Grove would probably have a different title if it weren't for Billy's piano lick in the bridge. I've also been lucky enough to work with Billy on a number of recording projects - besides some of the Doobie's recordings, with people like Emmylou Harris, Nicolette Larson, Amy Holland, Eikichi Yazawa and others. There just isn't a finer player on the planet. A good guy, too! We're very fortunate to have him aboard."
The Doobie Brothers and Journey North American "San Francisco Fest 2016" tour will be kicking off on May 12, 2016 in Irvine, CA and will conclude on August 30, 2016 in Chula Vista, CA. The trek will feature support from Dave Mason.See the tour dates here.
Scapegoat features Holmes' former Ozzy bandmate and current Metallica man Robert Trujillo on bass and Brooks Wackerman of Avenged Sevenfold on drums.
Holmes, who's also worked in David Lee Roth's band, is joined in the lineup by singer Robbie Locke. Drummer Ken Schalk and bassist Pancho Tomaselli guest on the album.
Farmikos say: "Huge thanks to Terry Moews for shooting and directing a great video and to Michael Weissman for an awesome edit job." Watch the new videohere.
The tour will be kicking off on March 11th in Vancouver, BC at the Commodore Ballroom and will be concluding on April 10th in Memphis, TN at the New Daisy Theatre.
Soriano had the following to say about the tour, "Nonpoint also want to thank our dear friends in Disturbed and their management team for inviting us to perform with them on their upcoming spring tour, starting in early March 2016. We appreciate the support and this amazing opportunity to travel the country and performing for their crowds. The tour is sold out, so we thank them for even considering us let alone bringing us along."
He also provided the following update on their debut album with Spinefarm Records, "We would like to announce that we have scheduled our next record's recording at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago with Rob Ruccia. Figuring in the popularity of our last record and us pretty much self-producing that one with Daniel Salcido, we decided on self-producing this record as well with Rob. Great studio with great people and equally great gear. So it's gonna be a banger.
"We've got 16 [songs] ready to record, and three still in the works. So we will be choosing the record from a list of what we feel are all monster songs. Quite simply, if you thought the last record made your head bang, this record will make it roll off your shoulders and jump into the pit and start doing the Morning Star; old hardcore fans will translate that for you.
"After gaining advice, inspiration and insight from our some of friends in the industry like Brian Virtue and David Draiman, we have attacked the writing process in a way we feel we have missed since the early days of us jamming in a room together.
"This record is the product of pain, frustration, power and the environmental influence on this band. That mounted with the introduction of BC on guitars now has changed the game. Imagine feeling like Eddie Van Halen's illegitimate child just joined your band. That's how I feel with him on my right. So this record will no doubt be a beast for our fans."
The six-week tour will be getting underway on March 26th in Phoenix, AZ at The Marquee and will be concluding with a two-night-stand at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on May 7th and 8th.
Napalm Death's Shane Embury had the following to say about the trek, "We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it's finally happening
"Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!"
Melvins' Buzz Osborne adds: "Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun... and I mean that in a good way. We're happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers."See the tour dates here.
In 2012, the band were heading south after a gig in Glasgow when their tour bus careened 30ft off the road near Bath. Nine people were injured and Baizley's arm was so badly crushed that doctors considered amputation.
But a hospital call from Hetfield, who was in the bus crash which claimed the life of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton in 1986, gave Baizley hope that he'd make a full recovery.
Baizley tells Rolling Stone: "It was late at night in the trauma ward and most of the people I was in the room with were elderly, and they'd gone to bed early. The nurse was an older lady, and she said, 'Somebody just called you - a Jim Hatfield or John Hartfield, something like that. I told him I wasn't sure if you were awake or taking calls.' I said, 'I don't know anybody by either of those names, but I don't care if they're trying to sell me a dishwasher or life insurance - bring me the number, because I need somebody to talk to.'
"So she handed me the little slip of paper with James Hetfield's name and number on it. I called him up, and I had one of the most realistic and honest conversations that I had that week." Read morehere.
The new double LP set was pressed on 180g vinyl, comes in a gatefold cover and includes a poster (6 x inner sleeve size). Frontman Sean Peck had the following to say about the special release, "The rise in the popularity of vinyl has been one of the bright spots in the music industry lately.
"For collectors like me, seeing the Death Dealer album in this format and holding it in my hands is fantastic! It looks great and sounds great. Buy two so you can play one and frame one to hang up on the wall!"See the tracklisting here.
In the video, which was posted on Instagram by the famed Los Angeles venue The Troubadour, the band perform's the Billy Joel-classic with some help by fans and their friends at a benefit concert for Gaviata's family.
A Go Fund Me campaign which was originally launched to help Gaviati pay for his treatment, will now help his family in the wake of his passing. As of press time the site has raised over 58-thousand dollars.
Jason Gaviata was a touring musician, producer and songwriter who worked with Lindsey Stirling and Alyson Stoner. He had Burkitt Lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was undergoing treatment for the disease, when he passed away suddenly on November 21. Watch the videohere.
The artwork focuses on flying spherical devices they've called NOMACs, while three of the eight leading characters in the story - Gabriel, Emperor Nafaryus and Arhys - have been named on the band's website.
Dream Theater say: "This album cover extends an ominous invitation into the retro-futurist dystopian setting of The Astonishing. The deceptively beautiful yet chillingly totalitarian image is a bold harbinger of the visual components and ideas presented by the sonic story that is our most ambitious creative work to date." See the cover art and the tracklistinghere.
Campbell is currently undergoing another medical pitstop while his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma continues, before the band commence the UK leg of their latest world tour.
Campbell - who's been receiving pioneering medical attention since last year - says: "I'm back for another dose of the mighty Pembrolizumab. I also did PET and CT scans to determine the efficacy of this treatment, and my ability to continue it into next year. Fingers crossed for a good result!"
He adds: "Coming here always reminds me to be more grateful. There are so many people battling cancers that are much, much worse than mine will ever be. These people, and the doctors here, are the proper rock stars. Me? I'm just a guitar-owner." Read morehere.
The band has also released a second part of a video about the making of White Bear, which includes a section on the departure of founding member and guitarist Luke Potashnik.
"It's just as simple as the fact that Luke doesn't particularly enjoy being on the road," says fellow guitarist Paul Sayer. "It's a great fun and a huge privilege to be able to go out and play for an audience that wanna hear your music every night, but it can be hard work at times as well, and that either works with you as a person or it doesn't. Luke just got to the point where it wasn't working for him." Watch the video and check out the song streamhere.
Guitarist Tony Clarkin wrote 25 tracks for the album and cut the list down to 10 for the record, with a further three included on a bonus DVD which will be bundled with the disc.
He says: "It would have been too much of a shame to disregard them, particularly since our fans want to know after every release what happened to the rest of the material. This time they're getting it in attention to the album tracks."
"I've always been into rock numbers but it isn't necessarily that easy to write really good rock material. It's much more simple to compose a ballad. But that dynamic pace suits Magnum perfectly." Read more and see the cover art and tracklistinghere.
Vocalist Michael Lessard tells Prog: "We wanted to sit down with the songs that we've spent the last 14 months playing around the world, and give people a chance to see them in a new light.
"It's been a pleasure getting a chance to rediscover these tracks and we hope everyone enjoys." The Contortionist are currently touring North America with TesseracT, with European dates to follow in February. Watch the new videohere.
Wilson will release an "interim" album entitled 4½ on January 22. The six-track is designed to bridge the gap between this year's Hand. Cannot. Erase. and his next full-length release.
The album, featuring contributions from Adam Holzman, Nick Beggs, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Craig Blundell, Marco Minnemann, Chad Wackerman and Theo Travis, is available for pre-order. See the tour dateshere.
Our guitarist/singer/keyboardist John Hayes brought the song to the table around a year and a half ago. The song itself speaks lyrically like a therapy session. The anxiety and stress of the character in the verse shines through in his vocals "I can't hold my emotion / I always cry when it rains ... / don't tell me that I'm okay / until you've felt the same " . The prechorus and hook is the therapist responding to this anxious character with logical and calming messages " come look and see / it's not what you think / just sit and breath / and listen to the words I speak " It's quite uplifting.
'The Way The Rain Came' quickly became a live fan favorite when we started bringing it out summer 2014. The audience singing the chorus with us, that feeling is so real. So by the time it came to record the track in May of 2015, we had a really good idea of the character and arrangement this song would take in the studio. Massive love and thanks to Allen Lind of Over The Hill recording for producing/mixing/mastering this piece of art. Threesound couldn't have done it with you. Our fans agree, it is now apparently our most hit song on Spotify. We'll see where it goes.
Lookout for 'Different Spaces' winter 2016 and follow us on the web and the road for all things soundbound. And remember: Your mind powers your body and soul.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
"I've been waiting years for this, Animal," Grohl says on the darkened set of Up Late with Miss Piggy, where he meets with Electric Mayhem's drummer to see who reigns supreme.
"Now we see who best," Animal disses before launching into a massive solo. Earlier in his guest spot on The Muppets, Grohl joined Miss Piggy's house band Electric Mayhem before things took a turn after the taping. Watch the drummers battlehere.
One of 24 songs captured in concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, it's part of a 7-disc package celebrating the 35th anniversary of the double album "The River."
Due December 4, the set presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.
The box also features 22 outtakes from the sessions for his first double-album - including 11 previously unreleased - and an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen complete with solo acoustic guitar performances.
The New Jersey rocker will promote the package with a December 19 performance on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live. Watch the "Out In The Street" live videohere.
The band has announced five dates for the short trek which will visit both coasts. The tour kicks off on the east coast with a Boston show at the Paradise Rock Club on February 26th.
The tour will then move to New York for a concert at Terminal 5 on February 27th, followed the next night with a stop in Washington D.C. where they will be playing at the 9:30 club.
Editors will then head west to close out the tour with two California shows beginning with the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 2nd, followed by the final show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on March 3rd.
The newly announced dates will be launched in support of the group's latest album "In Dreams" with tickets going on sale for the trek this Friday, December 4th at 10AM EST.See the tour dates here.
The new album is set to be released in North America on January 29, 2016 in various formats including digitally, on a standard CD and a deluxe CD/DVD version with two bonus tracks.
Rulebreaker is available as CD, deluxe CD/DVD (featuring two bonus tracks), and digital formats. Today the band presents the next single from the album, "In Metal We Trust". Check out the exclusive premiere of the new song courtesy of Invisible Oranges HERE.
Bassist Mat Sinner had the following to say to Invisible Oranges about the new single, "In Metal We Trust combines the early vibe of PRIMAL FEAR songwriting with all we've learned over the past years and our current production status & skills.
"Enough space for all the guitarists to deliver some great shredding and Ralf's vocal trademarks, German traditional metal speed with a pounding production & sound - enjoy!" Stream the songhere.
The band will be launching the tour in support of their latest album "All Across This Land" which was released in early October by Vagrant in the US and Lojinx in Europe. Watch the video for the title track here.
The tour will be kicking off on February 6th at the Botanique in Brussels, the UK dates take place over the next two nights before they head back to the European mainland for the rest of the tour which will conclude on February 20th in Berlin.See the tour dates here.
The new album, entitled "I Am Alpha", is set to be released on December 18th. It will mark the band's only full-length album release and follows their 2013 "Catharsis" EP.
The group broke up early this year. Frontman Pierre Barre had the following to say about the album release, "It was certainly the best thing that Kombur had the opportunity of signing to an American label. Imminence Records and its staff have done an incredible job for making this release happen, even after we had disbanded, and we are really happy to have our album out with them."See the tracklisting here.
The band had the following to say about their new deal, "We never had any plans to think this big with the band, but for some strange reason people seem to dig it. Within just two years we got the chance to play ********* of shows all over Europe and the USA and meet people from all over the world. Actually, we were not even 100% sure if we wanted to do another record, but there were so many people out there who were begging for more that we just gave it a shot.
"Well, here we are... Glad to have found a powerful partner that puts trust in the band, respects our DIY background and is able to finally poison the whole world with our records. Never stop the madness!"
Nuclear Blast's head of A&R and label manager Andy Siry added: "Mantar is the band we've been waiting for. Their sheer brutality and passion for honest and deep darkness just blew us away from the get-go. When we met it was just love at first sight. Mantar is as genuine as it gets - on a musical as well as on a personal level. So, in today's musical environment of copycats and polished plastic recordings you can tell we're super excited to be working with a band that is as unique as visionary!"
The band has released a new studio video that you can watchhere.
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