Day in Rock Report for 12/12/2015

Steve Perry Recording First Solo Album In Over 20 Years

(hennemusic) Former Journey singer Steve Perry says he is busy in the studio recording his first solo album in more than 20 years. Perry's last album was 1994's "For The Love Of A Strange Medicine." The project delivered a US Top 30 hit with "You Better Wait" on its way to earning Gold status for sales of more than 500,000 copies.

"There's been so many rumors going around that I'm in a studio, that I've been in there for years," Perry tells 100.3 The Sound Los Angeles' Mark In The Morning Show. "The truth is that finally went into the studio in March, and I've been in there ever since just trying to finish this record."

Asked by the hosts when the record might be ready for release, Perry replied: "Well, I've asked myself that today. I mean, I certainly am looking forward to finishing it, put it that way. I wanna get it done probably in the early part of this coming year." Read more here.

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Scott Weiland Laid To Rest In Los Angeles

(Classic Rock) Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Family, friends and ex-bandmates attended the low-key ceremony to bid farewell to the singer, who was found dead on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota on December 3 while on the road with his band The Wildabouts.

Authorities later confirmed Weiland was discovered alongside a variety of drugs in the vehicle after receiving a call about a suspected overdose. Susan Holmes-McKagan, wife of Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, shared her thoughts on the private service via Instagram.

Mckagan says: "Bet you didn't know this - Duff and I met a nice couple who met at a Velvet Revolver show. They always remind us of how VR's music brought their hearts and souls together, and are happily married now five yrs. They are so sweet and thankful to the guys for their truly awe-inspiring shows, and music that brought them and so many people together.

"RIP Scott. Today is your funeral, and a very difficult one for Duff and I and so many others. We love you Scott. Sending love and light." Read more here.

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Megadeth Release Animated 'The Threat Is Real' Video

(hennemusic) Megadeth have released an animated video for "The Threat Is Real", the latest track issued from their forthcoming album "Dystopia," which is set to be released on January 22nd.

Megadeth recorded their 15th studio effort in Nashville, TN earlier this year with leader Dave Mustaine sharing co-producer duties with Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Slayer, Sevendust).

The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover.

Megadeth debuted their new lineup during a performance at the Festival D'été De Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival), in Quebec City on July 18 before hitting the road for a series of fall dates.

The group will launch a 2016 North American tour with guests Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok on February 20 in Dallas, TX. Watch the video here.

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Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon Streaming New Solo Song

(BH) Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon has released an online stream of his new single, "A Wonderful Life," which comes from his forthcoming solo album, Painkillers, set to be released on March 11, 2016 by Island Records.

We were sent the following background on the album: Painkillers marks the first solo album from Fallon, known far and wide as singer/ guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as such acclaimed outfits as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies.

Produced by Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Frank Turner, Keith Urban), the album was recorded earlier this year at Nashville's Taxidermy Studios with Fallon fronting a crack band that includes Walker, Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Willie Nelson) and drummer Mark Stepro (Hayes Carll, Ben Kweller, Jackson Browne). Check out the new song here.

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X-Men Character Wears Vintage Rush Shirt In New Trailer

(Radio.com) Blink and you'll miss it… because Quicksilver is wearing it. For a few seconds in the new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse the mutant speedster is seen wearing a Rush t-shirt.

By the font of the shirt, it looks to be from the 1981 Moving Pictures era, which makes sense, as the film is said to take place in the early '80s. Is Quicksilver actually a Rush fan?

Probably not on the comic books. More likely it's a gag: his mutant power is super speed, and he's wearing a shirt that says "Rush." Which would be the best rock t-shirt related pun in a super hero film since Tony Start (Robert Downey Jr) wore a Black Sabbath t-shirt in The Avengers (in case you're not following, Tony Stark is Iron Man, Black Sabbath have a classic song called "Iron Man.") See it here.

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Opeth Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Limited Edition Beer

(Prog) Opeth have launched their own beer in celebration of their 25th anniversary. The Swedish prog metal heroes have teamed up with Leeds-based Northern Monk Brew Co for a limited edition beer called XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout.

Only 1700 660ml bottles of the 9.2% brew are available and it's described as being "descended from the strongest Stout Porter brewed in Britain in the 18th Century and brewed with 10 different malts for uttermost complexity of flavour - big, dark and full in mouthfeel, expect roasted flavours with underlying notes of rich chocolate, cinder toffee and coffee."

Guitarist Fredrik Akesson and drummer Martin Axenrot visited the brewery and were taken on a tour by founder Russell Bisset. He says: "We're big metal fans at Northern Monk and Opeth is often the soundtrack to our brewing.

"When the opportunity to work with the band came up, we jumped at the chance. Opeth have been taking the same progressive and quality driven approach to music that we have to beer for the past 25 years and it was great to work with them.

"Our aim was to make one of the most bold and forward thinking brewery and band collaborations ever. We got together at the brewery tap room and tasted our range of beers with them and together came up with a couple of recipes." Read more here.

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Mastodon's Brann Dailor Gives Old Man Drum Lesson

(Prog) Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor has given an elderly gentleman a drum lesson as part of an advertising campaign for the Copenhagen-based beer company Mikkeller.

The brewery's spokesman Stig Holmden has been the butt of a string of jokes as part of their marketing strategy, with Dailor the latest to take part. The Mastodon man gives Stig a drum lesson via video link, but it transpires that Dailor is trying to kill the old man through overexertion.

Poking fun at Stig's Mastodon t-shirt, Dailor says: "Nice shirt by the way. I didn't know they came in fat." Stig drops his sticks after trying an ambitious drum roll and says: "Oh God, how I hate Mastodon."

Mastodon released sixth album Once More 'Round The Sun in 2014 and next year they headline Bloodstock festival. Watch the ad here.

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Coal Chamber's Meegs Explains Meaning Of Tattoos

(TeamRock Radio) Coal Chamber guitarist Meegs Rascon says the slogans inked on his left arm remind him not to be a "d*ckhead." The axeman says the sleeve on his left arm takes inspiration from his Chinese and Mexican heritage while the left arm features the words 'loyalty' and 'respect.'

He tells Louder Noise: "They remind me how to behave in life. It's just a daily reminder to keep a certain way in life because you know, you dont want to be a f***ing d*ckhead."

Coal Chamber unveiled Rivals, their first new album in 13 years, in May via Napalm Records - followed by the video for the title song filmed at their headline show at London's Koko. Watch the full interview here.

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The Defiled, Forever Never and Vampires Everywhere UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) The Defiled have announced a UK headline tour for early 2016. Alongside their support slots with In This Moment, the London rockers play nine headline shows on their Running In Circles tour, with Forever Never and Vampires Everywhere as support.

Keyboard player The AvD says: "When we announced we would be special guests to In This Moment, a load of you got in touch asking for headline shows. We've managed to work a few out.

"We'll be playing some songs we've never played live before, a couple of cheeky covers and at least one new song for you guys." The Defiled will appear in the 2016 edition of the Guinness Book Of World Records after becoming the first band to perform live on an iceberg. See the tour dates here.

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Kevin Godley Teams With Terence Stamp For Ear Movie Project

(Prog) Kevin Godley has collaborated with actor Terence Stamp on a project they describe as an "ear movie." The former 10cc man and renowned music video director worked with Stamp and biker and author Richard La Plante on Hog Fever, a concept that saw them record an 'audio film' based on La Plante's book of the same name.

La Plante says: "I'm dribbling into a microphone in a tiny LA sound studio, trying to record an audio book of my memoir Hog Fever and the sound engineer looks as bored as I feel.

"Then a thought hits me like the crack of thunder from a V-Twin exhaust. 'Sh*t, why don't I do the Hog screenplay, not the book, and get real actors in, sound effects, rock music, the works? I'll phone my writing buddy, Kevin Godley - the Scorsese of music video - and we'll call it an...ear movie."

Godley adds: "Once Terence was in, I was, but what the hell is an ear movie anyway? Well, it's a pure audio experience with music plus all the production values of a movie but without any pictures.: Read more here.

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Public Service Broadcasting Announce Science Museum Show

(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have scheduled a show at London's Science Museum. It'll take place on January 22, 2016, and they'll play tracks from their 2015 release The Race For Space.

The show at the museum's IMAX theatre ties in with the venue's Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age exhibition - and those attending the show will be given discounted entry to the display.

The band's J Willgoose Esq says: "Having visited the Science Museum's excellent Cosmonauts exhibition earlier this year, we're really excited to be collaborating for what promises to be a very special evening.

"It should be a great event in a unique setting - we hope you can join us." Read more here.

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Good Charlotte See Themselves As A Gateway Band

(TeamRock Radio) Good Charlotte say their style of music helped attract fans to bands including My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. Brothers Benji and Joel Madden formed the group in the mid-90s and achieved breakthrough success after releasing their second studio album The Young And The Hopeless in 2002.

And Benji says its popularity was instrumental in transforming pop fans into rock fans. He tells Rolling Stone: "We became a really good gateway band for all the kids that went on to love My Chem or Fall Out Boy.

"We were able to stand out in front of boy bands and say, 'Hey everybody, look over here. Look at these bands. Look at this music. Look where we came from. You don't have to be over there - you can be over here.'

"All of a sudden, kids were putting on eyeliner and black t-shirts and feeling less alone." Read more here.

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Paul Carrack Announces New Album Soul Shadows

(The Blues Paul Carrack will release 17th solo album Soul Shadows on January 15, featuring a song co-written with Chris Difford of Squeeze and a guest appearance by James Brown saxophonist Pee-Wee Ellis.

The launch follows his stint as keyboard player and vocalist in Eric Clapton's touring band. He tackled most of instrumentation himself, with the exception of drums, which were played by son Jack in their recently-completed studio.

Carrack had the following to say: "It's not a garage any more. We got it up and running, and a lot of the songs have come from little jams, just me and Jack." Read more here.

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Ricky Warwick Streams New Song 'The Road To Domascus Street'

(hennemusic) Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick has released a lyric video for "The Road To Domascus Street", the lead track from his upcoming solo double-album set.

Due February 26 via Nuclear Blast, the 2-CD package "When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)" and the acoustic "Hearts On Trees" sees Warwick joined a host of guests including BSR bandmate Damon Johnson, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Ginger Wildheart, Andy Cairns, Billy Morrison and Stiff Little Fingers' Jake Burns.

"The albums were written by myself and my good friend Sam Robinson," says Warwick. "Both albums depict our experiences of growing up and coming from the Greater East Belfast area, not only experiences that have happened to us but historical references and stories that have been told to us by friends and family. In saying that, both albums translate those experiences on to a global scale that hopefully anyone geographically can relate to."

The package will be released in sync with the start of a UK tour with Warwick and his band The Fighting Hearts supporting Stiff Little Fingers. Check out the new song here.

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The Treatment Announce New Album 'Generation Me'

British rockers The Treatment have announced that they will be releasing their studio album, Generation Me, worldwide on Friday March 18th, 2016 via Frontiers Music SRL.

The group's third album will be the first album from the Treatment to feature new lead singer Mitchel Emms and new guitarist Tao Grey and was produced by Laurie Mansworth, mixed by Tony Newton and mastered by Ade Emsley.

Grey had the following to say, "We're absolutely delighted to announce that the recording of our third full length album Generation Me is now complete. We honestly all believe this album is a huge step forward for The Treatment and we can't wait for you to hear it. We will be touring throughout 2016/17 and we look forward to seeing all you Treatment troops at our shows next year."
See the tracklisting here.

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Sanktuary Stream New Song 'Space Race'

(JA) Sanktuary are returning in 2016 with their new studio album entitled 'Winters Doom'. The follow up 2013's 'Something Fierce' is set to be released on January 22nd.

Canadian North power thrash outfit have teamed up with Bravewords.com for the premiere of the song 'Space Race', which is the first single from the forthcoming album.

Bass player Cole Hume had this to say, "Superior technology, more advanced weapons, a more modern cold war kind of feel. It's about... the race to space! Enjoy our first track off 'Winter's Doom'". Stream the song here.

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Ragnarok Announce New Album 'Psychopathology'

(Agonia) Norwegian black metal band Ragnarok have revealed that they have completed work on their eighth full-length album, which is set to be released in early 2016 on Agonia Records

The forthcoming album will be entitled "Psychopathology" and was ecorded, mixed and mastered at the Endarker Studio in Sweden by Marduk's Devo.

Jontho had this to say about fans can expect from it: "Your wait will finally come to an end in 2016 when we release "Psychopathology", our eighth full-length album. I can say with absolute certainty that this album will be the best in Ragnarok's career to date. It is the result of dedication, hard work, and the musical skills of our lineup, and is the next stage in the band's development, both musically and lyrically. "Psychopathology" is about to unleash total chaos upon you as it invites you to dive deeper into the dark recesses of the human mind".

This will be the first album in Ragnarok's history that doesn't feature founder Jontho on drums. Having taken over the role of frontman, his place behind the drum kit is taken by Dauden drummer Malignant, who joined the band in 2014. Bolverk, is on guitars, and DezeptiCunt makes his swansong appearance with the band on bass as he leaves to concentrate on new projects.

Commenting about the band's future plans and DezeptiCunt's departure, Jontho said: "Shortly after completing the recording of our latest album, our bass player DezeptiCunt informed us that he would be leaving the band to concentrate on a new project. As a recording and touring band, Ragnarok requires 100% commitment from its members and at this point neither he nor Ragnarok felt that he would be able to give both bands that necessary commitment. We would like to thank him for the eight years he was with us and wish him all the best for the future.

"Going forward we will be concentrating all our energies on promoting the new album, and plan to take our time choosing the right bass player to take his place, so in the meantime we will be using a session musician for the upcoming live shows".

DezeptiCunt himself explained: "I have had eight good years with Ragnarok, both in the studio and live, but the time has come, as indeed it does for many musicians, to move on and explore new avenues. I know it might seem strange that I announced my departure from the band just as they are about to release their new album, but the opportunity came up for me to join a brand new project whose music I liked immediately, and whose ideas greatly appealed to me, and of course, being able to join them right at the start just as they begin rehearsals to take the band live was something I very much wanted to be a part of.

"At the same time I felt that I wouldn't be able to give 100% of my attention to each of the two demanding projects, and therefore I decided that it would be fairer for all concerned if I was to cut my ties with Ragnarok straight away, so that they can move forward without any uncertainty. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to wish Ragnarok all the best for the future, and much success for the new album". here.

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