Day in Rock Report for 12/14/2015

AC/DC Announces American Tour, Forced Off Stage In New Zealand

AC/DC have announced the dates for a new 2016 American leg of their AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" World Tour and the band was forced from the stage after two songs into their concert at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand this past week, according to the NZ Herald.

Strong winds and rain caused technical problems at the show forcing the band to leave the stage for 40 minutes, but despite the delay the outlet reports that the show drew rave reviews.

Local promoter Sandra Roberts explained why the band was forced to leave the stage, "there's high wind driving rain into the stadium so a bit of water has got into some of the electrical equipment." Check out some footage from the show here.

The new U.S. tour leg is set to kick off on February 2nd in Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome and will wrap up on April 4th in New York city at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are set to go on sale beginning this Friday, December 18th, according to BT PR. See the dates here.

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David Lee Roth Band Still Plan Reunion For Anniversary

The aborted reunion of the 'Eat 'Em and Smile' era David Lee Roth band will reportedly still take place, following the original free show being shut down by a fire marshal last month when too many fans showed up for the concert.

The original show, which was arraigned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band, was scheduled to take place on November 30th during the Ultimate Jam Night at Lucky Strike Live Hollywood/Highland in Los Angeles.

The show was advertised to feature guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Greg Bissonette, and keyboardist Brett Tuggle with guest vocals from Steel Panther's Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) but was to include a surprise appearance by Roth.

The Van Halen frontman was filmed leaving the venue after the fire department shut down the show. He told fans, "I apologize about this evening. Looks like we were too popular. There were too many folks, so we're going to try and find a place that has… should we go to the Hollywood Palladium maybe?"

Now there is additional confirmation that the group still plans to stage a reunion show. The David Lee Roth News Desk Facebook group posted the following on Saturday (Dec 12): "Billy Sheehan confirmed tonight with the DLRND that there will in fact be a reunion of the 'Eat Em And Smile' band."

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Stone Sour Streaming Straight Outta Burbank EP Online

(TeamRock Radio) Stone Sour have digitally released their latest covers EP Straight Outta Burbank and made it available to stream in its entirety. The record sees frontman Corey Taylor cover songs from Slayer, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Bad Brains and Motley Crue and was originally released only on vinyl as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event.

Halestorm vocalist Lzzy Hale also appears on the track Gimme Shelter. In an interview with Metal Hammer, Corey says: "The first EP was a little closer together style-wise. This one hits a few different corners. It's got Bad Brains on one end and the Stones on the other - and the crazy thing is it all works. I hope people enjoy the spirit, music and fun that went into this."

The record is the second of three covers EPs. Meanwhile in Burbank was released earlier this year and the third, No Sleep Til Burbank, is expected in 2016.

Stone Sour also played a different cover each night of their last North American tour, including songs such as Metallica's Creeping Death, Kiss's Love Gun and Judas Priest's Heading Out To The Highway. Check out the stream here.

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Pearl Jam Plan 25th Anniversary Tour Next Year

(Classic Rock) Pearl Jam have confirmed plans for a 2016 tour to mark their 25th anniversary. Band manager Kelly Curtis revealed the news during a live Twitter chat on Friday, where he was joined by bassist Jeff Ament as the group winds down from its South American tour and the end of its 2015 live schedule.

Curtis says: "We will announce some tour dates first part of the year." The manager was also asked if there was anything planned by the Seattle band to mark the 25th anniversary of their 1991 debut Ten. Curtis replied: "Yes, can't say anything yet."

Pearl Jam previously celebrated the 10th anniversary of their live debut in 1990 with a 2000 show in Las Vegas, and their 20th with the documentary and book Pearl Jam Twenty and a two-day festival in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. Read more including the full tweets here.

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Metallica Celebrating Master Of Puppets Anniversary With Special Book

(Classic Rock) Metallica have unveiled the cover art for a 2016 book release spotlighting the 30th anniversary of their 1986 album Master Of Puppets. Written by author Matt Taylor, Metallica: Back to The Front looks back at the band's seminal third album and accompanying tour, which saw the group winning over new fans and suffering the tragic loss of bassist Cliff Burton in a bus accident in Sweden.

Taylor interviewed key players including managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, producer Flemming Rasmussen, mixer Michael Wagener, members of the road crew and tour mates Anthrax and Armored Saint. An extensive session with Ray Burton - Cliff's father - is also presented.

Due next autumn, Back To The Front wouldn't be complete without the involvement of fans. The band says: "You all jumped in to assist us in putting the pieces together by sending your photos, videos, stories and mementos. We could not have done it without you.

"We all hit the storage lockers, attics and basements to fill the book with hundreds of never-before-seen images pulled from our personal archives and have been involved every step of the way to bring you the complete story. No stone was left un-turned as we gear up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album's release." Read more and see the cover art here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's Kael Had Breakdown After Paris Terror Attacks

(Classic Rock) Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael says he suffered a breakdown as a result of the Paris terror attacks - and it's led to him giving up drinking. He believes he didn't have a problem with alcohol, and only occasionally used drugs, including Adderall - but he suggests he was on the verge of losing control.

And a month on, he hopes he's able to remain on the wagon. 5FDP were touring Europe when 130 people were killed during a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital, including 89 at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert in the Bataclan venue.

Ivan Moody's band cancelled their planned appearance in Paris, and later called off a show in Milan amid rumors it had been chosen as a target for further terrorist activity.

Kael tells Let There Be Talk: "I'm recently sober. When the Paris thing happened I cut everything out. I basically had a breakdown that night - it hit me hard. I was drinking, I'd done a couple of Adderalls and spiralled that night.

"I feel like I'm just getting over that hump. There have been times over the last year where I've tried to quit. I'm at the point where I feel like I'm turning that corner. I don't have the cravings too much." Read more here.

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Angels and Airwaves Lead 'Music For Boobies' Lineup

(TeamRock Radio) Former Blink-182 star Tom DeLonge's Angels & Airwaves are among the acts who have contributed to a compilation in aid of the Keep A Breast foundation.

The American breast health charity's Music For Boobies album is released on March 18 next year and also includes tracks by Falling In Reverse, Parkway Drive, Sleeping With Sirens, Danko Jones, Anti-Flag, Simple Plan and more.

It's available for pre-order now on CD and digital via iTunes, with Angels & Airwaves track Saturday Love Remix and The Maine Featuring Brennan Smiley's cover of New Radicals hit You Get What You Want offered as instant downloads with all orders. Read more including full tracklisting here.

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All Time Low, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte Stars Stream Christmas Song

(TeamRock Radio) All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth has recorded a cover of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. He's joined on the track by Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, Simple Plan vocalist Pierre Bouvier and 5 Seconds Of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin.

It was produced by John Feldmann and has been released to raise awareness and funds for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Gaskarth says: "Around this time last year, me and some good friends thought it'd be fun to record a holiday jam for the world to hear.

"We lit a fire, made hot chocolate, and put our musical spin on a holiday classic. We all knew we wanted to do something special with it to help people, so we decided to wait until this year to give everyone a listen." Stream the song here.

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Halestorm Release Acoustic 'What Sober Couldn't Say' Video

(Classic Rock) Halestorm have released a live acoustic performance video of What Sober Couldn't Say from their album Into The Wild Life. The hard rock band's softer rendition of the song was recorded at Atlantic Records in New York back in April.

In a track-by-track breakdown of Into The Wild Life for TeamRock, guitarist Joe Hottinger said of What Sober Couldn't Say: "Sometimes you do have to be drunk to say what you really mean, and this is a heavy story about getting out of a situation that you shouldn't be in.

"Unfortunately sometimes you have to get hammered to just get the courage to be honest." Last week they posted an acoustic video of This Modern Love from the same studio session.

Halestorm are hitting the UK with Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown and Highly Suspect in January and February next year for their Carnival of Madness Tour. See the dates and watch the video here.

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YouTuber Performs 80 Machine Head Songs In 8 Minutes

(TeamRock Radio) A YouTube user named Paschalis Theotokis has released an eight minute long video of himself covering nearly every song that Machine Head have ever written.

Theotokis plays parts of 80 tracks from the band - starting off with Davidian from first album Burn My Eyes and wraps up with the final song from 2014's Bloodstone & Diamonds.

He also undergoes wardrobe changes reflecting frontman Robb Flynn's look at the time each album was released. The band are currently trekking across North America with their An Evening with Machine Head tour through December, which sees them perform a two-hour set each night.

They'll be hitting Europe next February, with seven dates scheduled in the UK. Check out the video here.

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Avantasia (Edguy) Stream New Song 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose'

(Classic Rock) Avantasia have released a lyric video for Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose. The track is taken from upcoming seventh album Ghostlights and is released as a digital single today (December 11). Ghostlights is due on January 29 via Nuclear Blast.

Avantasia is Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet's side project. He says: "In my humble opinion, Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose is the perfect overture to the 70-minute journey which the full album is going to be.

"Although Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose is a rather short composition compared to most other Avantasia songs, I wanted to embellish and amplify it with flamboyance and all Avantasia trademarks.

"I wanted to make it a detailed piece of fantasy art, but at the same time it was a big challenge to make that painting look inherently consistant if you view it from the distance. The layered choirs took us forever to record and yet nothing distracts from the main theme and flow of the song. Every time you give it a listen, you will discover something else going on.

"I have a feeling that I have never managed to create such an epic and dreamy atmosphere in just four minutes. I've gotta admit I am slightly proud of it."

Ghostlights features guest appearances from Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, and Nightwish man Marco Hietala, among others. It'll be available on CD and vinyl as well as in a Digibook format. Check out the song here.

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Prong Announce New Album X - No Absolutes

(Classic Rock) Prong have announced that they will release their 10th studio album X - No Absolutes on February 5th via Steamhammer/SPV and the group has revealed a teaser video for the release.

Produced by guitarist and vocalist Tommy Victor along with co-producer and engineer Chris Collier, the follow-up to 2015's cover release Songs From The Black Hole marks the band's first original material since 2014's Ruining Lives.

Victor says: "Prong has maintained aggression while tackling the challenge of creating classic songs and anthems in the past, but we have gone even a step further with this mentality on No Absolutes. Here you will find a collection of riff intensified crushers, furious barn burners, and fist pumping sing-a-longs."

X - No Absolutes will be available as a digipak - including bonus track and poster, 2LP gatefold version featuring coloured vinyl with the CD in a paper sleeve, and as a digital download.

Prong will launch the project with a series of European dates starting March 23 in the Netherlands. The run will include a March 26 date at London's Underworld. Check out the teaser video here.

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B.B. King Gravestone Ceremony Takes Place

(The Blues) B.B. King's gravestone was laid above his last resting place in a ceremony on Friday. The black granite memorial replaced a small fence and wreaths that had been marking the site since the icon was buried at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre in Indianola, Mississippi, in May.

He passed away earlier that month at the age of 89, with subsequent investigations resulting in the ruling that he'd died of dementia and other natural conditions.

The gravestone includes King's name, dates and signature engraved in gold, alongside the lyrics to his 1979 song Take It Home. It will be the centrepiece of a $4m memorial garden, featuring pathways, benches and plaques bearing more song titles. Read more here.

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Abbath Loses Member Ahead Of Debut Album Release

(TeamRock Radio) Abbath drummer Kevin 'Creature' Foley has quit the band a month before their debut album is released. He says he's making the move for personal reasons - and he's also confirmed plans to leave Benighted once they complete their upcoming European tour.

The sticksman, who's previously toured with Sepultura and Sabaton, replaced Baard Koldstad in Abbath's trio after the mainman confirmed he'd split with Immortal.

Foley says: "As a few of you already know I've been busy playing with Abbath as a mysterious character called Creature. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought it was the amazing Baard Koldstad.

"For some personal reasons I've decided to leave the band. It's been a great experience and an honour to play all the shows, and record the upcoming album.

"I'm really happy with the result - I love the songs, the sound, and I'm proud of my drumming on this one." Read more here.

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Hindsights Breaking Up After Final Show Next Month

(TeamRock Radio) Hindsights are to play their last ever gig on January 23 after four years together. The emo rock five-piece will be joined by their friends Landscapes and Bad News at the London Boston Music Room next month.

The band say: "To everyone who has ever supported us, there is no easy way to put it, but as of this moment Hindsights is coming to an end. We're struggling to find words to explain ourselves because of how upsetting this is, however the simplest way to put it is that we feel as if we can't progress anymore.

"This has been all we've put our focus into since December 2011 and now we need to rejuvenate, look after ourselves and make sure that whatever we do next has our full and undivided attention. There are absolutely no hard feelings between us." Read more here.

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Avatar Recruit Tool Producer For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Avatar have begun recording their as-yet-untitled sixth album with producer Sylvia Massy, who is best known for her work with System Of A Down and Tool.

The band are splitting their time between three studios in Europe to produce the follow-up to 2014's Hail The Apocalypse. The new album will be issued via Another Century.

Singer Johannes Eckerstrom says: "The album we're making is an epic. Each song powerfully stands on it's own, but is only a piece of a larger story. This album is the project I've been dreaming about for years." Read more here.

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American Head Charge Announce New Album 'Tango Umbrella'

(TeamRock Radio) American Head Charge have announced their next album will be released in the coming months. Tango Umbrella will be the band's first full-length album since 2005's The Feeding - and it's out on March 25, 2016, via Napalm Records.

Bassist Chad Hanks says: "Tango Umbrella, sonically, feels like a combination of The War Of Art and The Feeding. It's a logical progression for us as we continue experimenting with different feels, sounds and vocal styles. It's heavy in every way possible, and I really think our fans are going to love it.

"We made the record we wanted to hear, and I feel like we definitely achieved that." Check out the new album's tracklisting and the cover art for the release here.

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Conan Streaming New Album Title Track 'Revengeance'

(TeamRock Radio) Conan have released a lyric video for the title track to their forthcoming record Revengeance. Due January 29 via Napalm Records, the follow-up to 2014's Blood Eagle sees the return of guitarist/vocalist Jon Davis, bassist Chris Fielding and drummer Rich Lewis for their third full album.

The band says: "Revengeance is a collection of songs that we are really proud of. These tracks were written in the period between October 2014 and September 2015 and we're excited to get them out into the open.

"The album will contain one or two surprises but one consistent factor is our eternal devotion to heaviness. We are looking forward to playing these songs live at a venue near you, see you there."

Conan will launch a 2016 tour in support of the project with a series of US shows next spring followed by a 10-date UK tour in April. Read more and check out the song here.

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Pomegranate Tiger Streaming New Album 'Boundless' Online

(Prog) The latest album from Pomegranate Tiger has been made available to stream in its entirety. The one-man project is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Martin Andres and Boundless is his follow-up to 2013's Entities.

Andres says: "What an incredible ride the past three years have been planning, practicing, writing, recording, and putting my heart and soul into this project.

"Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered, and to anyone that picks up a copy. You guys are what make independent music possible and dreams come true. Every one of your purchases goes directly to helping invest more time into making music." Stream the album here.

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Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner Reveal Mantra Vega Album Details

(Prog) Mantra Vega - masterminded by Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner - have revealed the artwork for debut album The Illusion's Reckoning. Described as "a concept album which flows more like a film score than a more typically linear piece."

It features former Mostly Autumn frontwoman Findlay and Sound Of Contact keyboardist Kerzner plus guitarists Dave Kilminster and Chris Johnson, bassist Stu Fletcher and drummer Alex Cromarty. The work is rounded out with guest appearances by Troy Donockley of Nightwish and vocalist Irene Jansen, among others.

Findlay says of the artwork, created by Leebs: "He spent over 12 years working directly with Storm Thorgerson at Storm Studios, playing a major role in creating artwork for many bands including Muse, Biffy Clyro and Pink Floyd. Read more and see the album art here.

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Yashin Releasing New Studio Album In February

(TeamRock Radio) Yashin will release their third studio album on February 26 via Another Century. The band recorded the 12 track successor to 2012's We Created A Monster at Innersound Studios in York over the summer.

Last month the band released their single Dorothy Gale before touring the UK with Welsh rockers Skindred and Japanese metalcore outfit Crossfaith. Vocalist Kevin Miles says of their latest effort: "We have been writing tirelessly in the studio for some time now and are bursting to unleash this beast of a record.

"We needed a little break coming off the back of We Created A Monster and a great year of touring to recharge." He adds: "It goes without saying that we're pleased to be back and we're really happy with how the album's come together." Check out the single and the album art here.

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Fairport Convention Reveal Initial Cropredy Convention Lineup

(Prog) Fairport Convention have named Steeleye Span, Gryphon and Hayseed Dixie among the first acts to be revealed for next year's Cropredy Convention.

Also featured are Ralph McTell, Wille And The Bandits, the Bootleg Beatles and Sound Of The Sirens. The 2016 edition takes place at Cropredy, near Banbury, on the weekend of August 11-13. Earlybird tickets are on sale now, with the full bill to be revealed next month.

Fairport Convention - who'll open and close the festival as usual - say: "Steeleye Span have never been afraid to reinvent themselves, and their current live show draws on their extensive back catalogue and more recent repertoire." Read more here.

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