Day in Rock Report for 12/09/2015

'Lost' Van Halen Audition Demo Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Mitch Malloy has released "It's The Right Time", a song demo that he recorded during his 1996 audition for Van Halen following their first split with Sammy Hagar.

Malloy was offered the Van Halen gig after three days of jamming with the band at Eddie's 5150 studios. "It's 1996 and I'm invited, via a phone call from Eddie, to 'hang out' with the band," explains Malloy. "After an amazing time in L.A., which included Ed saying, 'congratulations you're in the band', I'm leaving and he hands me a tape of an instrumental of the band and says, 'turn this into a song.'

"Well, I did write that song, but never shared it with anyone out of respect for the band. But, 20 long years later, I decided that with the challenging times the world is having 'It's The Right Time' to share that uplifting song. Fans have wondered what I would sound like with Van Halen, now you will know. I hope you dig it. ROCK!"

Diehard Van Halen fans will recognize the music for "It's The Right Time" as a rougher demo of "That's Why I Love You", an unreleased tune from 1998's "Van Halen III" that was dropped at the last minute and replaced by the track "Josephina."

Malloy has previously shared his audition recording of the band's 1984 smash "Panama", one of five songs he performed at 5150 studios, including "Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love," "Why Can't This Be Love," "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)" and "Jump."

Malloy ultimately declined the Van Halen offer when he saw the band reunite with David Lee Roth to present a trophy at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards.

Roth's first public appearance since leaving the group in 1985 was to hype the release of "Greatest Hits Vol. 1", which featured two new recordings with the singer: "Me Wise Magic" and "Can't Get This Stuff No More."

"I was, like, 'What?' My jaw just dropped," says Malloy. "Then, I was just like: 'What are they doing? Why is Dave with them? This is not good for me.' It just hit me at that time now the whole world thought that Dave was back in the band - and wanted Dave back in the band, including me. I mean, I grew up on Van Halen with Dave in it.

"When I saw Dave come out with them, that was it for me. It was over. This can't work for me." Manager Ray Danniels brought in Gary Cherone from another band he was handling - Extreme - to usher in the "Van Halen III" era. Check out the song here.

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Scott Weiland's Ex-Wife Asks Fans Not To Glorify His Death

(hennemusic) Scott Weiland's ex-wife, Mary Forsberg Weiland, has published an open letter in Rolling Stone with the couple's two teenage children following the December 3 death of the singer.

Weiland married his second wife, Forsberg, in 2000; a year later, the musician was arrested on domestic violence charges in Las Vegas, NV for allegedly shoving her, but charges were deferred after the couple agreed to counseling.

Forsberg, Noah (15) and Lucy (13) penned an emotional essay about the singer's passing as a cautionary tale wrapped up in societal stereotypes. "December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died," the three wrote. "It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others. The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.

"We don't want to downplay Scott's amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity. So many people have been gracious enough to praise his gift. The music is here to stay. But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again - because as a society we almost encourage it. We read awful show reviews, watch videos of artists falling down, unable to recall their lyrics streaming on a teleprompter just a few feet away. And then we click 'add to cart' because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art."

Forsberg goes on to detail some personal attempts to have Weiland participate in family events and how the children were shut out of the singer's new life with third wife and photographer Jamie Wachtel, who he met in 2011 and married in 2013.

"Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad," sums up Forsberg. "They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you're a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don't give up. Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for.

"Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let's choose to make this the first time we don't glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don't have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it - use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream." Read more here.

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Jimmy Page Discusses His 2016 New Music and Band Plans

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page says that he will definitely be back on stage in 2016 - and that his new music will be "totally different" to anything he recorded with Led Zeppelin.

Page spoke with Classic Rock about his plans and said the following of the new music he has been working on: "The writing that I've been doing, I'm thinking of it in a totally different way. And that has a charm of its own, and an excitement to it."

And although Page has not yet hired any musicians for his touring band, he has already planned out what kind of show he will be staging, and what kind of material it would include. He says, "There will be all sorts of material from different eras," he says. "Right across the board - that's the way I'm seeing it. But like I said, there will be surprises. It won't be entirely what people might be expecting.

"The best way for me to think about it," he says, "is pacing towards a really exciting show, where you've still got chance to improvise and come up with new things every night. And I think in that sense, people are going to say, 'Yeah, okay, I get it.'

Above all, Page says he will be as well-prepared for his solo tour as Led Zeppelin were for their final show at London's O2 in 2007. 'The O2 was great," he says, "and we worked hard on getting that right. I worked at home, with other musicians, before I got together with the other guys (in Led Zeppelin). And I'll do exactly the same thing next time, because the playing has got to be at least at that level as it was at the O2. I know how to go about it." Read more here.

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Rush's Neil Peart Only Meant Retired From Touring Says Geddy Lee

(Classic Rock) Rush mainman Geddy Lee has moved to squash reports that drummer Neil Peart had announced his retirement. Peart gave an interview to Drumhead magazine in which he's quoted as saying he's happy to accept the description of himself as a "retired drummer," but Lee says his bandmate was merely confirming that he could no longer commit to lengthy tours.

Lee tells Prog: "There's really nothing to say. I think Neil is just explaining his reasons for not wanting to tour, with the toll that it's taking on his body. That's all I would care to comment on it.

"We'll get together eventually and chat about things. But in my view, there is certainly nothing surprising in what he said. Neil just feels that he has to explain with all the thousands of people asking, 'Why no more tours?' He needs to explain his side of it." Read more here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Thankful For Paris Return At U2 Show

(Classic Rock) The Eagles Of Death Metal have underlined their belief in human spirit after their emotional return to Paris earlier this week. Jesse Hughes and co appeared as guests of U2 at their concert in the French capital on Monday night - their first performance since the terrorist attack of November 13 that left 89 people dead at their show in the Bataclan venue.

Hughes, guitarist Dave Catching and drummer Julian Dorio yesterday visited the scene of the atrocity to lay flowers. They struggled to contain themselves as they examined memorial wreaths and messages left for the victims.

EODM say: "We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock'n'rollers cannot either - and we never will.

"We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock'n'roll with so many of the beautiful people of this great city."

They add: "Thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016." See the photos here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Has Half Of His New Solo Album Written

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is working on what will be his seventh solo album. The vocalist tells Classic Rock he has about "half an album" written and that he plans to warm up for Maiden's 2016 world tour rehearsals by working on more of his own material.

And he reveals that If Eternity Should Fail, from current Maiden album The Book Of Souls, was originally penned with his solo album in mind. Dickinson says: "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some sensible rehearsals. I may even sneak off and do some solo songwriting because I've got half of an album on the blocks.

"If Eternity Should Fail was originally intended as one of its tracks. But it could be a cool, relatively unchallenging way of pre-warming up the voice before I go into Maiden rehearsals. So making some noise that way first could be a possibility." Read more here.

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Disturbed Release Sound Of Silence Video

(Classic Rock) Disturbed have released a video for their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound Of Silence. The track appears on Disturbed's latest album Immortalized, released in August via Reprise Records.

Frontman David Draiman had the following to say about the new clip to Yahoo: "We hope that everyone enjoys the experience of this song and video as much as we have."

The song originally appeared with the slightly different title of The Sounds Of Silence on Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 debut album Wednesday Morning, 3am.

Disturbed play at next year's Download festival and also tour the US in 2016. They previously issued videos for The Light and The Vengeful One. Watch the new video here.

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Bret Michaels Hints At Poison Playing 30th Anniversary Tour

(Classic Rock) Poison mainman Bret Michaels says that the band might play a "select" few dates next summer to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The 52-year-old tells Las Vegas Magazine that he hopes to perform 10 to 30 "unbelievably awesome" shows - and that he has tentatively called it The XXX Tour.

Michaels, who has battled kidney problems and suffered from a brain haemorrhage in 2011, says: "I have three generations of fans from the 80s, 90s and 00s just partying, and it's much more than a concert.

"Good, bad, ugly, pain - everything else goes away when I walk out on that stage. It's a moment of pure energy and passion, and I feel blessed." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Vinyl Collection Box Set Announced

(hennemusic) Deep Purple will release "The Vinyl Collection", a 7LP box set featuring the groups' albums issued between 1972-1987, on January 29 via Universal Music Catalogue.

The package presents the band's 1972 classic, "Machine Head", through to 1987's "The House Of Blue Light." Each album will also be made available as a stand-alone title.

Remastered from the original tapes - including the first official remasters of 1984's "Perfect Strangers" and '87's "The House Of The Blue Light" - "The Vinyl Collection" offers original inserts and replica sleeves pressed on 180gm vinyl.

Deep Purple are among the nominees for induction into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Read more and see the track details here.

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Metallica's James Hetfield Proud Of Lou Reed Collaboration

(Classic Rock) James Hetfield insists he's still proud of Metallica's collaboration with Lou Reed. They released Lulu in 2011 and to date it has sold 35,000 copies in the US. Despite the relatively poor reception afforded to the record, Hetfield says the experience brought the band closer together.

He tells So What: "Lulu wasn't accepted as much as we accepted it. I'm really proud that we did it. It was fun, it was an adventure. And there are a lot of bands out there that do adventures that kill them, whether it's choosing the wrong management or making a bad investment or something like that.

"There's certain artists that stand up with you and say, 'Hey, I like it. They're artists. They had fun. It's something they wanted to do and they did it.' You don't have to like it, I get that, and there are people that are articulate enough to be able to say it that way, 'I might not like the project, but I'm really glad, as an artist, they took a risk and went for it.'

"I think it comes down to personalities. You either want things to be safe, and you invest in them so much that if it's not safe, it rocks your whole world, or you look at life as an adventure." Read more here.

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John Corabi Plans Live Release Of Motley Crue Album Performance

(Classic Rock) Former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi will release a live package of his performance of his former band's self-titled 1994 album. He took over from Vince Neil after the singer departed the group in 1992 and recorded one record with Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee.

The Dead Daisies singer recorded the performance in Nashville earlier this year while on the road with his solo band. And he decided to document the event at the request of fans.

Corabi tells Mulatschag: "We started doing it because it was the 20th anniversary of that album. People were coming to me and they were saying things like, 'Dude, I've waited 20 years for this.'

"Motley Crue only really toured for three months in America. We never played Canada, South America or Europe. So I did a bunch of shows and went to Nashville and I recorded the whole thing for a live album and I recorded the whole thing for a DVD.

"I'm gonna pack the two together. And for anybody that wants to see it, it'll be coming out soon." Check out the interview here.

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Chris Cornell Unplugs For 'Say Hello To Heaven' Scott Weiland Tribute

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dedicated an acoustic version of the Andrew Wood tribute song "Say Hello To Heaven" to late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland.

Cornell performed the dedication track to Weiland at a concert at the Palais theatre in Melbourne, Australia on December 4th, the night after Weiland was found dead on his tour bus, according to Spin and the fan captured YouTube audio of the performance.

"Say Hello To Heaven" was a song written as a tribute to late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood from the Temple Of The Dog supergroup album project. Listen to the Cornell performance here.

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Ginger Wildheart Diagnosed With Acute Depression

Ginger Wildheart has been diagnosed with "acute depression'' which has caused his band Hey!Hello! to postpone the UK tour that was scheduled for later this month.

Ginger had the following to say, "Gutted to have to postpone the Hey! Hello! tour, but the band have been super supportive and I'm very proud to part of this beautiful bunch.

"I'm gutted to miss seeing Dirt Box Disco play too, as they've recently become my favourite band and I hope they'll join us for the rescheduled dates in 2016.

"But mostly I've been blown away by the fans response. I'm very lucky to have such supportive people in my life. Thank you for being so kind with your concern. We'll get this beat, and I'll see you next year when I feel better. Have a cool yule, y'all. Gx"

So far one rescheduled date has been announced. The December 17th show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, which was billed as Ginger's birthday show, will now take place on April 1st.

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Manic Street Preachers Add Arena Dates To Everything Must Go Tour

(Classic Rock) Manic Street Preachers have announced five extra arena shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Everything Must Go. The Manics will play Everything Must Go in its entirety on the dates, before a second set of greatest hits and rarities.

The Welsh rockers previously announced a show at Swansea's Liberty Stadium on May 28 and have now added gigs in Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Glasgow.

Editors will support on all dates except Swansea, where Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting will appear. See the full list of dates and the tour poster here.

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Peter Gabriel Will Now Test The Monkey

(Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel is working on a project to discover if monkeys can communicate via video conferencing. He's been involved with the Interspecies Internet initiative for a number of years along with US internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Neil Gershenfeld.

And the former Genesis frontman is planning on running the experiment in conjunction with ape rescue centre Monkey World, which is based in Dorset, UK. Gabriel tells Yahoo: "The idea is to extend a big video network that already exists in labs at MIT, so that different species, including our own, have a chance to communicate. I am also interested in how they would use the internet to communicate."

Similar experiments have been carried out in the past - and Dr Bridget Waller, director of the Centre For Comparative And Evolutionary Biology At The University of Portsmouth, says positive results could be hard to come by. Read more here.

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Dave Kerzner Releases Nothing Video

(Prog) Dave Kerzner has launched a video for his solo track Nothing. It's taken from his album New World and features Nick D'Virgilio, Fernando Perdomo and Sound Of Contact bandmate Matt Dorsey.

Kerzner recently said of the title: "New World is a cinematic type of concept album. I've planned a lot of visual elements to go along with the music, in the form of music videos and also for the upcoming live shows."

He'll tour Europe in March with the Dave Kerzner Band, which features guitarist Fernando Perdomo, Pink Floyd backing vocalist Durga McBroom and guests from Sound of Contact, Mantra Vega, Mostly Autumn and others. The shows are double-headers with District 97. Watch the video here.

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Shepherd's Bush Empire Shut Down For Safety Checks

(Classic Rock) London venue the Shepherd's Bush Empire has been forced to close its doors until New Year at the earliest. An inspection of the theatre's roof was carried out at the weekend, with the building then closed immediately pending further safety checks.

The venue say in a statement: "We continually invest in all of our theatre venues. Safety and amenities for our customers and staff is paramount and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this unexpected maintenance and repair may cause.

"Our thanks to all fans, artists and promoters for their cooperation. It is sincerely valued and appreciated, especially at this extremely busy time." As a result of the closure, a number of gigs scheduled for the remainder of the year have been affected. See the list here.

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Rush Release Live 'YYZ' Video

(hennemusic) Rush have released a video of the performance of their classic 1981 instrumental, "YYZ", from their newly-released set "R40 Live." The tune was originally released as the b-side of "Limelight", the second single from the band's "Moving Pictures" album.

"YYZ" is named after the identification code for Toronto's Pearson International Airport. "R40 Live" presents Rush in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June.

During the 40th anniversary run, bassist Geddy Lee discussed the group's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.

"It's most likely our last tour," said Lee. "I couldn't put it any more accurately. I can't say for sure. But it doesn't mean we don't want to work together still, it doesn't mean we won't do another creative project and I've got ideas for shows we could do that don't involve a tour." Watch the video here.

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Twisted Sister Documentary To Be Released Next Month

(hennemusic) The Twisted Sister documentary, "We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!", will be released in Europe on January 29 via Monoduo Films. A US release date for the project is expected to be announced soon.

Available on DVD and VOD (iTunes & Vimeo on Demand) , the film by German director Andrew Horn explores the club days of the Long Island, New York band.

While the microcosm of punk/new wave was being born in Manhattan, Twisted Sister was battling their way to the top of a working class, suburban, cover-band bar scene that surrounded NYC in a 100 mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe.

Attracting audiences of up to 2-5000 a night, it was both a great living and a dead end, offering no future outside the suburban scene. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Charles Bradley Releases Video For Black Sabbath Cover

(Classic Rock) Charles Bradley, known as The Screaming Eagle Of Soul, has released a video for his cover version of Black Sabbath's Changes. Previously released as a vinyl single for Record Store Day, it will be the title track of Bradley's next album, due on April 1 next year.

"I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing Changes and get emotional," says Bradley. "It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away."

The video was directed by Eric Feigenbaum, who adds, "Charles was originally set to sing along to the track and film in Times Square but in the editing room I kept coming back to the take of Charles looking straight at the camera, telling the story with his eyes and reacting in the moment to the song. We only did that once. By the end of the take, everybody in the room was holding back tears." Watch the video here.

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The Summer's End Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Book

(Prog) The Summer's End festival, which has been held at various locations across England and Wales, has unveiled a book that is being issued to mark its 10th anniversary.

Ten Years Of The Summer's End Progressive Rock Festival is said to provide a "full history" of the annual event and features photographs of every artist that's played the event. It was created by Summer's End founder Huw Lloyd-Jones and co-promoter Stephen Lambe.

Acts that have appeared at past installments of the festival include Steve Hackett, Caravan, Gordon Giltrap, The Enid, Curved Air, It Bites, IQ, Pendragon and Pallas.

The book costs 20 in the UK and Europe, and 25 outside Europe. Profits from the book will re-invested into the festival. Each copy will be signed by the authors. Read more here.

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Bury Tomorrow Streaming New Single Memories

(TeamRock Radio) Bury Tomorrow have released an online stream of their single Memories. It's taken from upcoming fourth album Earthbound. The successor to 2014's Runes will feature 10 tracks and includes guest vocals from Hatebreed's Jamie Jasta.

Frontman Dani Winter-Bates says the new material will get to the "nitty gritty" of what fans want to hear. He adds: "The track is another taster of what Earthbound the record is really about.

"It's fast and heavy but filled with melody. We have never shied away from the genre metalcore and this track is exactly that. To me, Earthbound feels like the distillation of everything we've ever wanted this band to be about." Read more and stream the song here.

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Purson Announce UK Spring Tour

(Classic Rock) Purson have announced a 13-date UK tour for March next year. The dates kick off in Bristol on March 9 and are in support of the band's second album Desire's Magic Theatre.

The new album is due for release on March 25 via Spinefarm and frontwoman Rosalie Cunningham says: "Desire's Magic Theatre has turned out to be everything I'd imagined and more.

"My world has been so consumed by it that I've barely been able to reflect on what it has become - a technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work, a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust." See the dates here.

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Joey Belladonna Says He Could Have Sung John Bush Era Anthrax Songs

(Classic Rock) Joey Belladonna says he could comfortably have handled the vocals on the Anthrax albums that featured John Bush. The frontman was sacked by the band in 1992 and previously said they replaced him with Bush as they were chasing a more 90s-style vocalist. Belladonna then returned in 2010 when Bush's second spell came to an end and he says it "sucks" to think of the albums he missed performing on.

Belladonna tells the Mike James Rock Show: "It sucks just to think all those years went by that I didn't really have a chance to do anything. I could have sang on any of those records.

"I could have easily sang that regardless, no bones. It would have been easy to sing. It's just I think they were chasing some other idea. I always say that, whether they disagree. I don't think there was any reason to move. But you know what, we're here now."

Anthrax release their 11th album For All Kings on February 26, 2016. Mainman Scott Ian said this month that they were never going to pull out of their European tour with Anthrax after other bands opted to go home in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Stream the full interview here.

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