Day in Rock Report for 12/10/2015

Several Drugs Reportedly Found On Scott Weiland's Tour Bus

(hennemusic) The tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota where Scott Weiland was found dead on December 3 was loaded with several kinds of drugs, reports Billboard.

According to the Hennepin County warrant and affidavit, Weiland's body was found "alone in a bedroom" on the bus where an "unknown white substance packaged in baggies" was "located in the bedroom in plain view."

The warrant specifies that the "2 clean baggies with white substance" were packaged "common with the way narcotics are packaged." Police separately confirmed cocaine was found on site, including in the bedroom used by bassist Tommy Black, who was arrested and booked for possession of a controlled substance before being released "pending further investigation."

The authorities also seized a "baggie with green leafy substance" as well as Viagra, a painkiller, sleeping pills and Ziprasidone, an FDA-approved pill used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder. Weiland was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. Read more here.

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Ozzy Explains Why Black Sabbath Are Not Doing Final Album

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will launch their 2016 farewell tour on January 20 in Omaha, NE. Billed as "The End", the trek marks the group's final series of live shows after a five-decade career and frontman Ozzy Osbourne explains in a new interview why the band decided not to record a final album.

"It's the end of Sabbath and people have been asking 'well I thought you were doing an album," Ozzy tells news.com.au. "But the things we've discovered are - number one: People aren't really interested in hearing new stuff and number two: If we were to do an album before the tour - it would take three or four years to complete the album. We want to end it on a high note.

"Just to be remembered is enough for me," he adds. "I thought no one would remember me when we first started playing music. I'd rather end it now though than drag it out for another five albums. I mean I'm 67 in December."

Osbourne has plans of his own once the Sabbath machine shuts down for good. "Well I did pretty well for 35 years, and I'm not retiring," Ozzy explains. "I'm going to do a solo album and a solo tour. I mean my wife's a shop-a-holic always off buying f---g shoes or something so I've got to keep the money coming somehow."

"It's going to be a really special album," Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone revealed in August. "It's going to be amazing, it's something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do." Read more here.

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Blink-182's New Album Coming In 2016

(TeamRock Radio) Travis Barker has confirmed Blink-182 will release their seventh album in 2016. The group revealed in October that they'd started writing material, following a handful of shows with the new lineup in March.

The follow-up to 2011's Neighbourhoods comes after a year in which Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus split with Tom DeLonge and started working with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba instead.

Asked about his plans for the coming year, Barker says via Instagram: "A Blink album, an Antemasque album, two Transplants EPs and a solo album." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Freeze 'Em All Documentary

(Classic Rock) Metallica have made their Antarctica documentary Freeze 'Em All available online. The film follows their visit to the icy tundra to play an exclusive show for competition winners in 2013.

The band also set a record for being the first to perform on all seven continents - and all within a calendar year. In the documentary, Ulrich says: "We love to get out of the house and explore and there's no better place to do it than right here."

The 20-minute film was shot by director Adam Dubin, who also produced A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica in 1992. Metallica say: "We found ourselves playing a gig for a couple dozen friends, fans and penguins at Carlini Base in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica.

"It was truly the most unusual show of our career and an unforgettable journey." Read more here.

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Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Stones Among Top Rock Earners Of 2015

(Classic Rock) The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones were the biggest-earning rock acts of 2015. They're joined by Paul McCartney and the Foo Fighters on analysts Forbes' annual income list.

The Eagles are said to have made $73.5 during the past 12 months - although the figure only puts them fifth in the wider music business chart. Pop star Katy Perry took $135m, boy band One Direction generated $130m and country artist Garth Brooks cleared $90m.

Forbes say: "The Eagles haven't had a No.1 single in 10 years, but the 57 shows they played in our scoring period helped them edge younger names like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga." Read more here.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pens Letter To Santa

(Prog) Radiohead mainman Thom Yorke has contributed to National Letter Writing Day by penning a note to Father Christmas. He was asked to contribute by Letters Live, who'll run a series of performance events at London's Freemasons' Hall between March 10-15, 2016.

And according to NME, Yorke asks Santa for several special requests. Yorke says: "Now that I'm 47, if I have any last remaining credit with you, I have just these small requests: That my kids have a beautiful Christmas with love and understanding and peace. Perhaps some heavy snow.

"And can you just send the precious things that will really mean something to them? And can you send them some hope for the future. That is very important." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Explains Evolution Of River Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen was interviewed about his upcoming tour in support of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection", a newly-issued 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the 1980 double-album.

The package 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 4CD/3DVD collection also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

"We made the box set and there was no plan to tour," Springsteen tells SiriusXM's E Street Radio. "Then we felt, 'Maybe we should do a show just to raise the flag and have some fun and make it a little more exciting.' I said. 'Okay, maybe we'll do a show in New York.'

"Then that went quick to, 'Maybe we should do a couple of shows.' Then it turns into, 'Maybe we should do a small series of shows, basically one-nighters, with maybe a little bit around the country."

A nine-week series of North American shows promoting the release will begin January 16 in Pittsburgh, PA and wrap up with two Los Angeles dates in mid-March. The 2016 run will see Springsteen and the E Street Band perform "The River" in its entirety.

"It's going to take a little guessing out of the evening," Springsteen admits. "You're going to know what the next song is. Maybe we'll make up for some of that in the encores.

"We plan on picking out some of the best of our outtakes for the end of the show, and there will obviously be some fan favorites. I don't know myself how it will play out. It should be interesting and a lot of fun for the fans."

Read more, listen to the interview and see the dates here.

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Beatles Retreat Opened To The Public

(Classic Rock) An abandoned spiritual retreat in India where The Beatles wrote songs for their White Album has been opened to the public. The band spent time at the retreat in the town of Rishikesh in 1968 where they learned to meditate and also penned a number of tracks.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ran the ashram but it was abandoned by him and his followers in the 1970s. It was taken over by the local forestry department in 2003 but remained a big draw for fans of the fab four.

Many fans snuck in or paid a small bribe to a security guard to gain access, according to the BBC. Authorities opened the ashram to visitors this week and are charging up to 700 rupees (7) for entry. Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release 'Throne' Live Video

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon have released a live performance of their track Throne from fifth album That's The Spirit. It was recorded at New York's Webster Hall, while the band toured North America in support of the follow-up to 2013's Sempiternal.

Frontman Oli Sykes recently discussed the change in fans' behaviour at concerts, saying: "We used to judge a good show on how many people went moshing and how big the pit was. But as our music's changed, it's now how many people are jumping up and down, how many people are singing along.

"We rarely have a bad show - the crowd are always so crazy, it's always fun." BMTH complete their European tour in Russia tonight (December 9) then head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan in January before returning to Europe again. They play a cancer charity show at London's Royal Albert Hall on April 22. Watch the video here.

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All That Remains Release 'Victory Lap' Video

(TeamRock Radio) All That Remains have released a video for their track Victory Lap. The song is taken from the band's latest album The Order Of Things, released earlier this year.

Frontman Phil Labonte had the following to say about the release of the new clip: "We're excited to announce the release of our new video for Victory Lap.

"We wanted to do a live video because that's such a huge part of making music for us. So we hope you enjoy this little taste of ATR on the road." Watch the video here.

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Trivium Reveal Dream Theater Connection To New Member

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium have officially revealed Paul Wandtke as their new drummer. They say they split with drummer Mat Madiro for reasons of "creativity" and brought in Wandtke on the recommendation of Dream Theater's Mike Mangini.

Madiro held the job since May of 2014 when he stepped up from his role in the band's road crew to fill in for Nick Augusto. Trivium say: "Mat stepped up for us at a dire moment where it was either leave a tour, or carry on. With Mat, we will forever be eternally grateful of everything he helped us out with. Mat's time filling in for us was much appreciated.

"Creatively though, we felt at this time we needed to make a change. And every change, every difficult decision and every evolution that Trivium has either decided, or been forced to make has been for the necessary for us to continue on as a functioning band.

"The things that go on behind the scenes that directly involve the Trivium members aren't always apparent from an outside fan's perspective. With that said, our new drummer is Paul Wandtke from Chicago. With Paul, we took our careful time deciding exactly what had to happen and how."

The band auditioned a string of potential replacements for Madiro before turning to Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci for help. Trivium add: "John brought Mike Mangini into the conversation and within minutes of describing our conundrum to Mike, he had a name - Paul Wandkte. Paul studied under Mike at Berklee, and obviously made an impression on a man we consider to be one of the greatest drummers on the planet." Read more here.

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Whitesnake Lead Ramblin' Man Fair Lineup

(Classic Rock) Whitesnake have been announced as the first headliners for the second Ramblin' Man Fair, which takes place at Mote Park in Kent on July 23 and 24 next year. Joining David Coverdale & Co. on the main stage will be Europe and Ginger Wildheart. Other names will be announced in due course.

The Prog stage will play host to headliners Procol Harum plus Uriah Heep, Hawkwind and Life Signs, while the Country stage will be topped by returnees Hayseed Dixie and the Blues stage will feature Walter Trout and King King.

"We are truly excited and looking forward to playing at the Ramblin' Man Fair in 2016 on what will be our 'Greatest Hits World Tour', and most likely my personal 'Farewell to Arena Rock' after over 40 years of writing and performing rock music," says David Coverdale. Read more here.

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Baroness Release Making Of Purple Album Video

(TeamRock Radio) Baroness have released a video about the making of their new album, Purple. It's the band's first release since 2012's Yellow & Green, and will be released on December 18 on the band's Abraxan Hymns label. In the video, the band talk about their approach to making the riffs an the new record.

"To do something new or interesting with this type of music is very, very difficult," says singer and guitarist John Baizley. "You gotta have two guitars. You gotta have a bass player and a drummer. That's how you define rock music. So by default, yes, we're a rock band. But here's the thing: we've never really felt the necessity to be pigeonholed, and we've never really felt any inclination to be part of anything other than our own thing."

"It's still rock. But with a question mark behind it," he adds. "What we're trying to do is write a stunning, beautiful, powerful, emotional, artistic creative rock record."

"It manages to rock pretty hard," says drummer Sebastian Thomson, "and yet be pretty f***ing catchy at the same time. It's very high energy, very aggressive." Watch the video here.

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Jason Bonham Had Bucket-List Experience With Phil Collins

(Classic Rock) Jason Bonham has described playing In The Air Tonight as part of Phil Collins' band as a bucket-list experience. He doesn't know whether he'll be part of the former Genesis frontman's future plans - but he's already content with his three-week stint last year.

The drummer, who replaced his late father John for Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show, was the only new band member when Collins staged a rehearsal run before coming out of retirement.

Bonham tells Billboard: "I had an amazing time. It was an honour to be chosen by one of my real heroes. Other than my dad I would say Phil is my guy to go to.

"I've been a huge fan since Abacab, and then of course his solo stuff. My wife kept telling me, 'Don't keep looking for approval. He's hired you - he knows what you can do. Just give him your best.' I had such a good time with it." Read more here.

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Black Stone Cherry Release Preview Of Kentucky Album

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry have released a teaser video for their fifth album, which they've revealed is called Kentucky. They previously announced they had signed with Mascot Label Group and that they were holed up in Barrick Recording Studio in Glasgow, Kentucky, to work on the follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain.

They've named the record Kentucky after their home state and say it will be released in the spring of 2016. Snippets of some of the tracks being recorded can be heard in the five-minute teaser, which features candid footage of the studio sessions.

Guitarist Ben Wells previously told fans to expect a "back-to-roots" sound on the album. He added: "We're beyond ready to get new music to your ears. We're recording in our hometown with the same engineer we recorded our first album with, so needless to say, that mojo will be back in action and the riffs will tear you up." Check out the video here.

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Cult Of Luna To Play Somewhere Along The Highway On Tour

(Prog) Cult Of Luna have announced a European tour for April and May - with three UK dates included. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the band will also be playing their Somewhere Along the Highway from start to finish at all shows except Tilburg and Leipzig.

Cult Of Luna say: "For a band known for looking forward, such a show may seem like a backward step. Music, however, is there to be played, to be listened to and to be experienced. Returning to play an old record is an opportunity for artists and fans to do just that.

"Performing Somewhere Along The Highway in full now gives those people a chance to immerse themselves in the history of Cult Of Luna, alongside those who have grown with the band for the past decade and beyond." See the dates here.

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Luna Rossa Streaming Their New Christmas Song

(Prog) Luna Rossa have released their first ever Christmas song - which the band describe as "an evocative and wistful look at the festive season." Christmastime was written by Panic Room Anne-Marie Helder and Jonathan Edwards for their side-project. It was recorded this month at Sonic One Studio in Wales.

Helder says: "2015 has been a tough year in a frightening and ever-changing world and there are just too many people out there who won't be able to share in the simple joys of Christmas because of where their lives have taken them.

"Away from their homes, away from their families, and apart from their loved ones. But this isn't a hard or cynical track, rather it's a simple little song which is honest about life, and which I hope will speak to many people."

Christmastime can be purchased via the band's Bandcamp page for 1 and streamed here.

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Soulfly Announce We Sold Our Souls To Metal UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Soulfly have announced a 10-date UK and Ireland leg of their We Sold Our Souls To Metal tour for early next year. Support comes from King Parrot, Incite and Lody Kong.

Max Cavalera's crew hit the road in support of latest album Archangel, which was released in August via Nuclear Blast. The run starts in Nottingham on January 29 and wraps up on February 8 in Brighton.

Frontman Cavalera says: "We're finally bringing the We Sold Our Souls To Metal tour to the UK. So all of you British headbangers, skull crushers and metal militia in general, get ready to destroy this f***ing place. See you in the pit!" See the dates here.

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Simo Streaming New Song 'I'll Always Be Around'

(The Blues) Simo are teaming up with The Blues to premiere the lyric promo for their track I'll Always Be Around. The song is taken from their upcoming record Let Love Show the Way, which is set to be released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group on January 29.

The album was recorded at Big House in Macon, Georgia - with singer-guitarist JD Simo playing the guitar Duane Allman used on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums, and on Derek And The Dominoes' classic track Layla.

He says: "We don't edit, and if there are overdubs, they're minimal. I want it to be unaffected and pure. For me, the music that always resonates most is when a performance is captured. That's what I love, and that's what we go for."

Joe Bonamassa has tipped the band for big things, describing frontman and guitarist JD Simo as "one of the best out there right now." Stream the song here.

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Harpers Ferry Streaming Debut Single 'What To Believe'

(The Blues) Harpers Ferry - an international blues-rock trio based in England - have launched a lyric video for their debut track What To Believe. It's released as a single on December 11.

The band consists of British guitarist Ben Harvey and Kiwi colleague Christopher Rayner, who've worked together since they were 11 and tied up with American vocalist Pia Varma in 2013.

Harpers Ferry say What To Believe "carries a poignant message about information overload." The single comes after original Black Sabbath manager Jim Simpson of Big Bear Music put his weight behind them. Check out the song here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor And Royal Machines Tribute Scott Weiland

(Radio.com) Ever since news broke on Friday (Dec.4) that Stone Temple Pilots' former lead singer Scott Weiland died at 48, musicians have been paying tribute in their own way. Slipknot's Corey Taylor joined Royal Machines-a band Dave Navarro also plays in-to perform STP's "Sex Type Thing."

The performance took place in Hollywood at the Roxy. "How about one more for Scott tonight?" Taylor asked the crowd, before the band launched into the song.

According to Rolling Stone, Navarro broke news of Weiland's death on Twitter, writing, "Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight." He later deleted the tweet. Watch the "Sex Type Thing" performance here.

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Singers That Were Considered For Van Halen

(Radio.com) Most music fans familiar with Van Halen have their favorite era of the band: for some, it's original (and current) singer David Lee Roth. For others, it was the guy who replaced him, Sammy Hagar. There may even be a fan or two who prefer the brief era when former Extreme singer Gary Cherone fronted the band (but that's unlikely).

But yesterday (December 8) a little known singer named Mitch Malloy released a demo to YouTube that he claims features the Van Halen brothers and Michael Anthony backing him up, after they'd invited him to join the band. He's just one of a handful of singers who almost joined the band. Here's a list of some of the men and women who almost took up the mic for VH.

Patty Smyth of Scandal - The singer most famous for "Goodbye To You," "The Warrior" and the Don Henley duet "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" was originally invited by Ed Van Halen to replace David Lee Roth. As she said in an interview last year, "Eddie asked me to join Van Halen. They had asked me not to talk about it in interviews at the time, because they didn't want Sammy Hagar to feel like he was the second choice. It was a long time ago; I never bring it up, but people do ask me about it and there's no reason to deny it." Part of her reasoning for not joining was because she had just gotten pregnant, she didn't want to move to California and the Van Halen guys were partying too hard for her tastes.

Sass Jordan - Blues rock singer Sass Jordan was apparently jamming with the Van Halen brothers at their studio for a while after Sammy Hagar left the band but before they hired Gary Cherone, although Ed Van Halen has denied this. In a 1998 interview with Wall of Sound (via VHLinks) she said, "I went over [to their studio], and the two of them were playing me new stuff that they were working on. We hung out for about a month. Ed would leave me in the studio and say, 'Can you just sing something over this particular piece of music? I'm going to listen to you. You sing whatever you want, and I'll be back.' And I'd say, 'I can't sing by myself!' I can't say if any of it ended up on the record because I don't remember well enough. Anyway, I didn't come up with anything brilliant, because I have to be sitting there writing with the person to do it well. A couple of weeks later I was talking to their manager Ray Danniels and I said, 'I swear to God, I think they were thinking of having a female singer in the band.' And he said, 'Of course they were! Why the hell else do you think you were up there?'"

Mitch Malloy - A little-known singer who has gone on to work as an engineer for Taylor Swift and Kenny Loggins has just released a demo recording of what he says is him sintering over a track played by Ed and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony. Apparently, he was also being considered for the lead singer gig between Hagar and Cherone. As Malloy says in the description field of the below YouTube video, "It's 1996 and I'm invited, via a phone call from Eddie, to 'hang out' with the band. 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." Read more here.

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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements Set For Release

(BH) Da Capo Press has announced that they will be releasing a new Replacements biography, entitled "Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements" on March 1st. We were sent the following details:

Written with the participation of the group's key members, including singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, guitarist Slim Dunlap, and the family of late band founder Bob Stinson, Trouble reveals the primal factors and forces - addiction, abuse, fear - that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all-time.

The book is based on nearly a decade of research and reporting by (Memphis) Commercial Appeal music critic and longtime MOJO contributor Bob Mehr, who conducted hundreds of interviews (with family, friends, managers, producers and musical colleagues), and was given full access to the Replacements' archives at Twin/Tone and Warner Bros. Records. "After years of work, hopefully this story comes across as passionately and powerfully as their music," says author Mehr, who's just launched a website for the project.

This first-ever narrative biography of the influential Minneapolis band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is an unrestrained account, providing revelations about the band members' troubled early years - which were scarred by abuse, alcoholism, and mental health issues - and their pre-Replacements musical history. The book also offers an in-depth, emotional exploration of the life and tragic death of founding member Bob Stinson, who passed away at the age of 35 in 1995. Check out the book's website

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Doll Skin Announce Tour Dates With Metal Allegiance

Doll Skin have announced that they will be hitting the road in support of the supergroup Metal Allegiance (David Ellefson, Mark Osegueda, Phil Demmel, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Alex Skolnick and Mark Menghi) for a few dates on the West Coast early next year.

The run of four West Coast tour dates will be kicking off in San Diego on January 7th at the Ramona Main Stage and includes stops in Las Vegas and Los Angeles before concluding in San Francisco on January 10th.

Doll Skin singer Sydney Dolezal had the following to say "Metal Allegiance is a bunch of amazing musicians in a band together, and you know how that ends.. with amazing music and a kickass show! I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be on the road with these guys!"

Guitarist Alex Snowden adds: "I'm so psyched to have this opportunity to share the stage with such talent. Metal Allegiance really knows how to throw down and we can't wait to be a part of that." See the tour dates here.

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