Day in Rock Report for 12/11/2015

Rush's Geddy Lee Confirms Metallica Master Of Puppets Rumor

Rush frontman Geddy Lee says that a long-standing rumor is "sort of true" that there was indeed talk about him producing Metallica's landmark 1986 album "Master of Puppets".

Lee was asked about the rumor in a new interview with Noisey and explained the situation as follows, "There was some discussion with [drummer Lars Ulrich], back in the day, about working with them. This was before Master of Puppets came out, I think?

"There was talk, you know. I was friends with their management, and I met Lars back in England. I remember going to see them here in Toronto when they played at the Masonic Temple.

"That's when the original bass player [Cliff Burton] was still happening. You know, before that tragedy. And, you know, we talked about it, and I liked their band a lot at that time. But it just never came together."

While "Master Of Puppets" stands as one of the seminal albums in heavy metal and thrash history, Lee also explained his view of metal, which might not have been a good fit for Metallica at that point in their career.

He said, "I don't listen to a lot of metal. Even though there's an aspect of our sound that can be quite metal, I sort of attribute it more to early metal, in the way that Zeppelin were metal and in the way that Black Sabbath were metal, and Blue Cheer were metal.

"And that's the sort of tradition of metal that we took on. I like Metallica. I've got great respect for them. But you won't hear too much speed metal or death metal in my house." Read the full feature here.

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Rolling Stones Reportedly Begin Recording New Album

The Rolling Stones were reportedly in a recording studio in West London last week laying down tracks for songs that will be part of their new studio album, according to a report.

The U.K. outlet The Sun (via ABC Radio) reports that a source told them, "The guys booked in for a few sessions to lay down some tracks which Mick and Keith have written. It's very early stuff -- just four or five songs at the moment -- but the plan is to make a full new album in the new year."

The source went on to say that that band have plans to "continue recording demos up until Christmas then get back together in January." The report is in line with what guitarist Ronnie Wood told ABC radio about the band's plans to begin recording new music this month.

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Megadeth's North American Tour Will Include Chris Adler

(Classic Rock) Drummer Chris Adler will tour North America as part of Megadeth in the spring, it's been confirmed. He played on the band's European dates in November, pulling double duties as Lamb Of God performed on the same bill.

He appeared on the band's 11th album Dystopia as a guest member, and was later invited to join full-time. But he refused, saying: "I love being there, but that's not where home is."

His publicist tells Metal Injection: "Earlier this week Megadeth announced North American dates, heading out with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok. Chris Adler will be behind the kit for the entire run." Read more here.

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Nikki Sixx Says Scott Weiland Died On His Tour Bus

(Classic Rock) Nikki Sixx has been shaken by the realization that Scott Weiland died on the tour bus he'd just finished using. The Motley Crue bassist lived on the vehicle during his band's recent run of US dates, before Weiland hired it for his Wildabouts tour.

The singer was found dead aboard the bus on December 3, and police later confirmed a number of drugs were recovered nearby. Sixx says on his Sixx Sense radio show: "I remember the driver telling me that he was going to drive Scott, and I was thinking, 'That's cool.' I said, 'Say hi.'

"Scott took my bus, and was sleeping in the same bed I was sleeping in. And he was found dead on the bus. It's so crazy to think how close we all are. I'm a recovering drug addict. We believe - he said - he was a recovering drug addict. It's too close.

"And the hardest part is, after Scott's body was removed from the bus, the band was driven back to their home on the bus. Because what are they going to do, walk home?" Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Working On New Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Bruce Springsteen says he's working on a solo album that will likely see him hit the road with the E Street Band. And he reveals his original live plans didn't involve his backing band, but he's had a change of heart since the project's gathered pace.

Springsteen tells SiriusXM (via Rolling Stone): "The project I've been working on is more of a solo project. It wasn't a project I was going to probably take the band out on.

"So I said, 'That's going to push the band playing again until a ways in the future. It'll be nice to get some playing in so you don't wind up being two or three years between E Street tours.'

"This will give us a chance to get out there and stretch our muscles a little bit." The Boss has outlined a 24-date road trip across North America early next year to celebrate the launch of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection where he'll play the 1980 double album in its entirety. Read more and see the dates here.

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Killswitch Engage Release 'Strength Of The Mind' Video

Killswitch Engage are giving fans their first taste of their forthcoming seventh studio album with the release of the video for the album's first single "Strength of the Mind." The track was also released as a digital single and to streaming services today (Dec. 11).

Frontman Jesse Leach had the following to say in the announcement, "We are very pleased to have 'Strength of the Mind' finally released. It is a big moment to have this be the first listen to the album.

"The video visually captures a bit of the anxiety and chaos that the song touches on lyrically. It is almost a bit surreal and dream-like with the camera effects, called 'whacking' It is always a pleasure to work with McFarland and Pecci, as they are both artists who give it their all with no shortcuts.

"Watching Mike work the camera live, while Ian paces around and directs, is a very involving and creatively satisfying experience." Watch the new music video here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi To Look Back At His Career At Special Event

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is to deliver a talk on his career to an audience in his hometown of Birmingham. An Audience With Tony Iommi, hosted by TV and sports Gary Newbon, takes place at Birmingham Town Hall on March 19 and will see the guitarist reviewing his life in and outside of the band.

Iommi, 67, will have plenty to discuss, from the accident which saw the tips sliced off his fingers in a sheet metal factory and nearly derailed his career before it had started, to his recent battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Chris Baldock, head of programming at Birmingham Town Hall, tells TeamRock: "We are absolutely delighted to host this appearance from Tony, undoubtedly one of Birmingham's most famous ambassadors and a true rock legend.

"That it will happen during a break in Black Sabbath's farewell world tour can only add to what will be a memorable evening hearing from one of rock music's most influential guitarists." Read more here.

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Lacuna Coil Begin Recording New 'Delirium' Album

(TeamRock Radio) Lacuna Coil have begun recording their eighth album Delirium. Singer Cristina Scabbia says they expect to be finished recording by the end of February - and hope to release it at the end of May.

In an interview with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez, she says: ""It's called Delirium and there's tons of reasons for it. It's been a crazy couple of years for different reasons, for personal reasons and for a lot of things that we will disclose, or we will tell later."

She adds: "It's heavier than the previous albums we did, which is kind of surprising, because a lot of bands are going the other way around and getting softer and more accessible."

Scabbia previously said the successor to 2014's Broken Crown Halo will be "heavier," with a more electronic feel than their previous albums following the departure of second guitarist Cristiano Migliore. Read more here.

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Alter Bridge's New Album Plans Revealed By Mark Tremonti

(Classic Rock) Mark Tremonti is spending his free time on his current solo tour penning material for the next Alter Bridge album. Revealing that his solo project's third album, Dust, will be released on "April 2 or 3" next year.

The guitarist adds that Alter Bridge will hit the studio in January to begin work on the follow-up to 2013's Fortress, which is tentatively expected to be released in the summer of 2016. He has already started sharing ideas with AB frontman Myles Kennedy.

Tremonti tells Linea Rock: "I'm working every day, working non-stop. I've been just sending Myles ideas through the phone. And we hit the studio in January.

"We'll get together to write in January and then probably start recording in February. We haven't gotten together in person yet, but we're starting to throw ideas back and forth." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Marillion Announce North American Tour

(Classic Rock) Marillion have announced a 13-date tour across North America for next October. The band will be supported by John Wesley from Porcupine Tree on their trek across the US and Canada, kicking off in San Francisco on October 21 before wrapping up in New York on November 8.

They are set to embark on a world tour next year in support of their as-yet-untitled upcoming record, due out in the spring, which they produced in partnership with crowdfunding website PledgeMusic.

Marillion are also set to perform at Prog and Classic Rock's Stone Free festival alongside Alice Cooper and Steve Hackett at the London O2 Arena in June. Tickets go on sale on their website from Saturday, December 11. See the dates here.

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Behemoth To Play The Satanist Album In Full On Upcoming Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Behemoth will be playing their current album The Satanist in full on the European run of their tour early next year. The band are also collaborating with artist and designer Toxic Vision - who creates their stage costumes and music video concepts - on a touring exhibition called The Congregation.

Frontman Adam 'Nergal' Darski says: "We've always pushed ourselves very hard trying to reach the highest picks of artistic creativity. We are beyond excited to see how these synergies coexist."

Sharon Toxic, CEO of Toxic Vision, adds: "It is a real honor to work alongside Behemoth and have this opportunity to bring a vision to life. Nothing like this has been done before, and, of course, nothing is really as it seems with Toxic Vision. This is a culmination of craft and magic - once you step inside, you might never find your way out." See the dates here.

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Mushroomhead and American Head Charge Announce UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Mushroomhead have announced a 15-date UK tour for 2016 - with American Head Charge onboard as main support. The trek kicks off in Manchester on March 18 and runs through to April 3 in Reading.

Mushroomhead split with singer Waylon Reavis in October, with the vocalist later saying he was "relieved" to have put the "burden" behind him. Their most recent album was 2014's The Righteous & The Butterfly.

American Head Charge signed with Napalm Records earlier this year and announced their fourth album, Tango Umbrella, would be released later in 2015 - although there's been no sign of the record to date. See the dates here.

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Mascot Label Group Launching Blues Quarterly

(The Blues) Mascot Label Group are to launch a quarterly blues newspaper, they've confirmed. The eight-page colour Mascot Messenger will showcase the firm's artists while also seeking to raise the profile of blues music in general.

A total of 240,000 papers will be circulated across Europe, with copies to be delivered inside upcoming editions of The Blues Magazine and Classic Rock Magazine.

Mascot boss Ed Van Zijl says: "We're very lucky in being able to work with talents such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Robert Cray, Leslie West, Robben Ford and Warren Haynes amongst others." Read more here.

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Sabaton Announce Heroes On Tour Live Package

(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have announced the upcoming release of a live package called Heroes On Tour. Heroes On Tour will contain two DVDs or Blu-rays and a CD. The second DVD includes switchable viewing angles.

The Swedish metal outfit recorded their performances at Wacken and their own Sabaton Open Air festival in Falun, Sweden, this year for the DVD/CD or Blu-ray/CD set, which is released on March 4 next year via Nuclear Blast.

The tour was in support of their 2014 album Heroes, for which a limited edition deluxe version was issued in April of this year. Bass player Par Sundstrom says: "We have always aimed to be a band people love to see live, for the simple reason we love to play live.

"With this DVD/Blu-ray release, we hope to share some of that feeling with you. We recorded two shows in case one is not enough for you." Check out the cover art and the tracklisting here.

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Paul Nelson Band Announce Debut Album

(The Blues) The Paul Nelson Band have confirmed the release of debut album Badass Generation. And the guitarist, best known for his long-term collaboration with Johnny Winter, admits the music is heavily inspired by his late mentor.

The band features vocalist Morten Fredheim, bassist Christopher Alexander and drummer Chris Reddan for the project, while Gov't Mule keyboardist Danny Louis makes a guest studio appearance.

Nelson says: "Johnny's influence will always be a part of me. There are many times when I pick up my guitar and I feel his music. I know he's with me in a way - but I also have influences from so many other places. Have I now spread my wings? Absolutely. I'm a musician. I have to keep on writing and performing, and never stop." Read more here.

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Procol Harum To Headline Ramblin' Man Fair

(Prog) Procol Harum have been announced as the headline act for the Prog In The Park Stage at next year's Ramblin' Man Fair. And they'll be joined by Hawkwind and Lifesigns at the festival, held at Mote Park in Kent on July 23 and 24, 2016.

Organizers say: "Ramblin' Man Fair's second year is set to be even bigger and better than last year and concentrates on a core offering of classic and southern rock music showcasing both legends and new talent.

"The Ramblin' Man Fair will come with a new emphasis on great food, fine bourbons and the colourful world of rock culture." Also announced are co-headliners Whitesnake. See additional acts here.

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Mike Portnoy Reflects On His Role Producing Next To None

(Prog) Mike Portnoy says he showed no bias towards his son Max while producing his band's Next To None's debut album. A Light In The Dark was released earlier this year, with 15-year-old drummer Max joined by frontman Thomas Cuce, 16, guitarist Ryland Holland, 16, and bassist Kris Rank, 15.

Portnoy Sr tells Modern Drummer: "I had to show no favoritism or bias, and I had to try to be as objective as possible with the suggestions I would make. I had to separate myself from the father role and be a producer.

"It was also important for their sound to match their style. Even though they're in the prog genre, they are very heavy. They have those Slipknot, Pantera, and Lamb Of God influences, so it was important that the drum sound and guitar sound stand up in that world.

"This wasn't supposed to be a Dream Theater-sounding album - it was Slipknot meets Dream Theater." Read more here.

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Motionless In White Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates

(TeamRock Radio) Motionless In White have announced the new dates for their postponed UK and Ireland tour, with the newly rescheduled dates for the trek now set to take place next month.

The band decided to pull the plug on their planned Beyond The Barricade trek originally scheduled for November and December in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks.

But they've moved quickly to announce a fresh run of dates in the new year, although Chelsea Grin will no longer be playing in support. See the new dates and ticket information here.

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Radkey Release Claymation Video For 'Glore'

(TeamRock Radio) Radkey have released a clay animation video for their single Glore - along with a making-of clip showing how the promo was put together. The song is taken from the trio of brothers' debut album Dark Black Makeup, which was released in August via Little Man Records. The video and making-of film can be viewed below.

The promo for Glore was created by director Nicos Livesey and his crew by moulding 435 bars of different coloured clay for 10 weeks, sculpting hundreds of tiny objects and moving cameras for 10-12 hours at a time.

Livesey says: "Strapping Go-Pro's to our lead animators head, rigging up the model making studio like Big Brother and time-lapsing the weirdness of our UV stop-motion dungeon, we wanted to give an insight into the sheer amount of work Glore took to make.

"People may not realise it, but pretty much the entire video is made fully in camera. We wanted to stay true to what claymation really used to be like and we wanted to stay out of the computers as much as we could. This meant a hell of a lot of work and a whole heap of super skilled model makers, stop motion animators, a badass director of photography and the love of London's home of stop frame animation, Clapham Road Studios." Read more and watch the videos here.

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Delain Announce Eight-Track 'Lunar Prelude' EP

(TeamRock Radio) Delain have announced an eight-track EP titled Lunar Prelude. It's set for release on February 19, 2016, via Napalm Records, and features two new tracks, four live cuts, an alternative take on Don't Look Back and an orchestral version of Suckerpunch.

A statement from the band reads: "Our latest album The Human Contradiction has taken us on a great ride, performing hundreds of stages around the globe for all of you.

"We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent tours, yet we've already got some new music that we simply can't wait to share. In preparation of our next full length studio album, we'd like to present to you Lunar Prelude - a collection of several brand new tracks, a new version of a familiar one, and live versions of some our favourite The Human Contradiction tracks." Check out the cover and the track details here.

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Fearless Vampire Killers Announce UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Fearless Vampire Killers have announced a March UK tour. Before the headline dates, they'll hit the road with Escape The Fate, New Years Day and Like A Storm in January.

The alt-rockers recently finished their trek of Europe on the back of mini-album Bruises which was released in October, with the band calling it their "best material yet."

Vocalist Keir Kemp said of the album: "Bruises comes from the heart. It's allowed us to explore a whole new side of the band commenting on the darker side of human nature. "It's still dark, but much more frank. Our ability as musicians and songwriters has also developed." See the dates here.

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