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Day in Rock Report for 12/22/2015



Stone Temple Pilots Release Scott Weiland Musical Tribute Video

(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots have released a musical tribute video to their former singer Scott Weiland following his death from an accidental overdose in Bloomington, MN on December 3.

The band have issued a video from the studio discussing Weiland's talent while playing the master tape of "Atlanta", the final track on their 1999 album "No. 4."

"Dean and Eric and I wanted to honor Scott, and we thought the best way to do that would be musically," explains bassist Robert DeLeo. "We chose this song because we feel it represents one of the times in our career that Scott was truly at his best.

"When you hear this track, we hope to share in the same feeling and spirit each of us had while recording it. The four of us, in a room, capturing a moment in time on tape. So enjoy this song and the depth of this brilliant performance from Scott."

"Together, let's honor Scott…Memories of Candles and Incense. Having the opportunity to listen to these tracks individually reveal the beauty of Scott's lyrical and melodic gift. This is one of the many musical moments we shared together. It is in this way we would like to remember Scott."

Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Bloomington while on the road with his band The Wildabouts. His passing has been ruled an accidental overdose by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, who found cocaine, ethanol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) in his system during an autopsy. Watch the video here.

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Peter Cetera To Reunite With Chicago At Rock Hall Induction

Chicago's Robert Lamm says in a new interview that the band will be joined by former singer/bass player Peter Cetera and original drummer Danny Seraphine at their induction next year to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lamm confirmed in an interview with Radio.com that Cetera and Seraphine will be attending the ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York on April 8 and he also expects them to perform with the band at the event.

The Chicago founding member had this to say about performing with Cetera again, "I've said this before and I've said it to him: if there's ever a time that we can share the stage again, this is it. I think it could have a huge emotional impact on the audience. And I think that that would be a very moving experience."

When asked if he believes that this could lead to a further reunion with Cetera, Lamm responded, "Anything's possible, in terms of what could be. From the many conversations I've had with him, I don't expect that he'd want to do that. Even if he has a good time at the induction." Read the full interview here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil Slams KISS Over Fake Farewell Tour

Vince Neil says in a new interview that Motley Crue wants to go out on top and the singer criticized the band KISS for continuing on after they launched a farewell tour.

Motley Crue will be playing the last show of their final tour in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve and during an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune Neil called out KISS for their farewell and reunion "tours".

"I mean, KISS had five farewell tours, and four reunion tours. That's exactly what we don't want do to. Other bands don't really give a s***. That's their philosophy: 'This tour will never end'; or 'We'll do reunion tour.' That's not what we're about. That's why we're going out on our terms."¯

Neil then expressed how he wants fans to view Motley Crue's farewell, "We wanted to go out on top. with people saying: 'Yeah, man, I saw the last concert. It was awesome!'

"We don't want to be that band, where it's (billed as) Motley Crue, and it's maybe one (original member's) brother left in the band, and they're playing clubs. If we let that happen, we wouldn't be thought of or remembered like we wanted to be." Read the full interview here.

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Pucifer Announces 2016 U.S. Tour

Maynard James Keenan fans in America will have two opportunities to see the frontman perform live next year. In addition to the previously announced Tool tour, Keenan will also be hitting the road with Pucifer early in 2016.

First up, Tool will be launching a U.S. tour with support from Primus on January 9th in San Diego, CA at the Viejas Arena and wrapping up the trek on January 31st in New Orleans, LA at the Smoothie King Center.

Keenan will take a month and half off the road before kicking off Pucifer's Money $hot -- Round 2 tour, named after their latest studio album, on March 17 in Riverside, California which will run through April 16th in Providence, Rhode.

"This show is so much more than just a band regurgitating songs," says Keenan. "This is a multi-media performance unlike anything you've ever witnessed. There are those who know, and there are those who will know soon enough." See dates for both tours here.

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Lee Kerslake Says He Will 'Bloody Well Beat' Cancer

(Classic Rock) Former Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake has given an update on his battle with cancer. And the sticksman, who's had two stints with the band since 1971, and who recently joined Mick Box and co onstage for a one-off show in Russia, says the outlook is positive following recent tests.

Kerslake says: "To all our fans that have expressed concern over my cancer, I have had numerous tests and have been told by my specialists that I will be around for a good while yet - meaning years.

"My bone and prostate cancer can be controlled for me to live pretty much a normal life - after all, I kicked my diabetes into remission, so I will bloody well beat this."

Along with his time with Uriah Heep, Kerslake has played with a number of artists, including Ozzy Osbourne, With The Gods and Living Loud. See his full post here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Frontman CJ McMahon Quits Band

(TeamRock Radio) Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon has quit the band, saying he can't afford to continue being part of it. He joined the Australian outfit in 2009, replacing Brendan van Ryn, and appeared on all three of their albums to date.

Molotov Solution vocalist Nick Arthur will front the band on their upcoming European tour. McMahon says: "I spend too much time away from my fiancee, family and friends. Touring has taken a massive mental, emotional and physical toll on me.

"One of the biggest reasons is money, - we have been broke for years and I can't live like this any more. I'm getting married next year and plan on having a family, these things cost money. To put the finances into perspective, we have earned between $16k and $18k each over six or seven years. I feel there is something massively wrong with this - I will not live like this any more."

Saying that he plans to close down his clothing label and sell his stage gear to help pay for his wedding, he adds: "Thank you for the love and support." Read more here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Release Crowdsourced 'Jet Black Heart' Video

(TeamRock Radio) 5 Seconds Of Summer have released a video for their track "Jet Black Heart." It features on their second album Sounds Good Feels Good, released in October via Capitol Records.

The Australian group crowdsourced the new video by asking their fans to help contribute to the shoot and the group says that they were "overwhelmed" by the response.

They'll head out on the road across the UK and Ireland in April - part of their planned world tour which gets under way in Japan in February. Watch the video here.

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Set It Off Release 'The Haunting' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Set It Off have released a video for their track The Haunting. The promo features the Florida band in live action and the song is taken from their second album Duality.

Set It Off had the following to say about the clip: "What a year it's been. This live music video is just from a sample of some of the amazing shows we played this year.

"This is my life, my passion, my joy, my art. Please share so that others can hear this song and watch our performance that we work so hard on." Watch the video here.

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Rob Zombie Releases Preview Video For New Studio Album

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie will release his latest album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser", in early 2016. The rocker has revealed the cover art and a video preview of the project, and will unveil more details on January 11.

The follow-up to 2013's "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" has been in production while Zombie worked on his latest horror film "31." "The record is done," Zombie told Loudwire in August. "We finished it and it'll probably come out in March because what I want to do is I want to do a very large visual component to go on the record - shoot 13 videos or shoot a movie to go along with it. Because of 31, I couldn't get to that, so I'm gonna do that in January and put it out soon after that.

"I kind of got re-inspired on the last record and this really follows up on it," he adds. "Much like 31, you have those moments in your career where they can't all be the best one, but sometimes you have those moments where this one is special and that's how it feels."

In 2013, Zombie's "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 34,000. Watch the video and see the cover art here.

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Twenty One Pilots Release Live 'Heavydirtysoul' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots have released a live video of them performing Heavydirtysoul, which is a clip that is taken from the band's Blurryface Live At Home set.

Blurryface Live At Home will be aired in America on January 1 via the Palladia channel at 9pm Eastern Time. The film features their gig in Oakland this year during their world tour in support of fourth album Blurryface.

Vocalist Tyler Joseph previously said: "We wanted to make sure we can share this big moment with all of you, so we are hosting Blurryface Live At Home - an event taking place in all of your living rooms." Watch the video here.

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Scorpions Release Classic 'Big City Nights' Performance Video

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have issued a vintage performance of "Big City Nights" from the 1986 Monsters Of Rock festival in Nurnberg, Germany. The footage is featured in the recently released expanded reissue of 1984's "Love At First Sting", one of 8 projects in their 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition series.

Playing on the same bill as Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and the Michael Schenker Group, the Scorpions are sharing the performance on one of two bonus discs in the expanded package, alongside other promotional videos and material from a 1984 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The German group's ninth alb8um, "Love At First Sting", became the group's most successful album in the US, where it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1984 and went double-platinum by the end of the year, eventually reaching triple-platinum status in 1995.

The set was led by the US Top 25 hit, "Rock You Like A Hurricane", and follow-up singles "Still Loving You" and "Big City Nights." The Scorpions will return to live action in the New Year with shows beginning February 17 in Odessa, Ukraine. Watch the video here.

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Emperor Frontman Ihsahn Streams New Song 'Mass Darkness'

(Prog) Emperor frontman Ihsahn has released a lyric video for his track "Mass Darkness" and revealed his sixth solo album "Arktis" which will be released on March 4 via Candlelight Records on CD, deluxe CD, vinyl and digital.

Mass Darkness is available now via iTunes and Amazon. The lyric video for the single was created by Michael Dickinson, who has previously worked with Orange Goblin and Gallows.

Arktis was recorded at Ihsahn's studio in Notodden, Norway, mixed in Sweden by Jens Bogren and features 10 tracks. It features guest appearances from Einar Solberg of Leprous, Matt Heafy of Trivium, Jorgen Munkeby of Shining, Tobias Ornes Andersen, also of Shining, and Norwegian author Hans Herbjornsrud.

Ihsahn, real name Vegard Sverre Tveita, says: "My focus for this album was to write within more traditional song structures and still give each song a strong individual identity, be that through a re-occurring melody, a chorus, sound design or the good, old guitar riff. I also wanted to explore this on the production side, blending organic rock sounds with more modern expressions."

The Mass Darkness lyric promo uses visuals based on the travels of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. It depicts his three-year expedition to the North Pole by ship and on foot.

Ihsahn, 40, adds: "The whole atmosphere of facing the cold, immense unknown fits rather good with the general lyrical concept of the entire album. It paints a sense of doubt, hopelessness and frustration yet celebrates curiosity, free will and the choice to avoid conformity. It is, at best, an observance of one's insignificance in relation to time, nature and space yet each individual's ability to make things matter even if only to themselves." Read more and stream the song here.

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Randy Blythe Will Release Album By His Alter Ego Roger Brilliant

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe says his alter ego Roger Brilliant will eventually release an album. His comic creation is based on an ageing English rock star who hasn't performed live for 30 years. Blythe has released a series of Instagram videos showing Brilliant's antics and now says there's more to come.

He tells EMP Rock Invasion: "Roger Brilliant is from England. He lives in Los Angeles now because all British rock stars eventually move to Los Angeles. There's not an English rock star left in England, they're all in LA.

"He was very huge in the 1980s, he had the Pet Shop Boys and Wham! opening up for him, but he hasn't been on stage in 30 years or something. But he's gonna come back soon."

Asked if Roger Brilliant is going to release an album, Blythe says: "Oh yes, of course." Blythe also gives more detail on his role in the Taiwanese film made by his friends in Chthonic. Read about that and watch the full interview here.

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Steven Wilson Sounds Off On Progressive Metal

(Prog) Steven Wilson has taken aim at the state of progressive metal, saying some bands lack originality. And he insists there are currently too may groups representing a genre he refers to as limited.

Wilson tells Metal Wani: "I feel that progressive metal is, right now, one of the most overused musical vocabularies there is. There are too many progressive metal bands. There doesn't seem to be a week that goes by without another 10 groups coming along."

He states he's a fan of the genre and namechecks Meshuggah and Opeth as two of his favourites, but adds: "Those bands have been around for a long time now and I think the problem is that there comes a point where it's difficult to make a sound using such a limited musical vocabulary which has any degree of freshness or originality to it.

"The sound of metal music now is so familiar to everyone that I think it's lost a lot of its power and I think that's a reason to sometimes try other things." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Nightwish Have No Special Plans For 20th Anniversary

(Prog) Nightwish have no special plans to mark their 20th anniversary, says keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. The 38-year-old founder of the band says they'll release a DVD around the date next year, but thinks celebrating 20 years "sounds a bit boring."

He tells LaGrosse Radio: "Maybe 25. Hopefully 50. Who knows? But no, we haven't planned anything. There'll not really be anything special. A new DVD is coming out next year, around the 20th anniversary. But no special shows, no special tours because we're aiming for the future."

Holopainen adds Nightwish would like to do an orchestra tour - and would probably wrap up their career by returning to their acoustic roots. He continues: "The orchestra idea has been there for a decade already. At some point we would like to do it, but maybe create something a bit more special. An acoustic tour sounds really nice as well, but that's a thing for the future." Read more here.

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Henry Rollins Discusses His Disturbing First Starring Movie Role

(Classic Rock) Henry Rollins has described the character he plays in his first starring movie role as "a weary monster." Rollins plays Jack in He Never Died - a supernatural dark comedy based on the life of an immortal who occasionally likes to eat parts of the people he kills.

He tells Billboard: "Jack is a guy who's been fighting for years, so everything is really efficient. Everything he does is real small. You pull a knife out, he'll walk up, take the knife and break your neck. And so it's all close quarter, highly efficient. He's not into killing you. He just wants you to leave him alone. Break your neck, maybe eat your arm.

"He's just a thing. He takes his carcass, throws it in a chair, makes it watch TV. Because eternity, for him, sucks. He was done a thousand years ago. But he can't die. He's furious, he wants to go, and that's his existential crisis and what appealed to me most about the character."

Rollins has had small parts in a string of films and also appeared in hit TV series Sons Of Anarchy. He now hopes to have He Never Died made into a TV show. Read more and see the trailer here.

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Giving Away Download Of New Single

(TeamRock Radio) Rhapsody have made single Il Cigno Nero [Reloaded] available to download for free in the run-up to the band's Prometheus Cinematic World Tour next month.

The single is off album Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus, composed and produced by Luca Turilli, and was released on June 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track has been remixed with a new bass arrangement, guitar parts and orchestration. Turilli says: "There is a cool story related with Il Cigno Nero. I composed it in a couple of days on my grand piano and it was born as a bonus track only. But soon we all started loving its glorious melodies and the depth of the lyrics related with metaphysics and spiritual evolution.

"In a short time it defeated the whole 'competition' of the other tracks becoming the new album opener. I am really looking forward to playing it on stage on our upcoming tour." Stream the song and grab the download link here.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Reunion Has Been A Head Trip For Pepper

(TeamRock Radio) Pepper Keenan says playing live with Corrosion Of Conformity again has been a "head trip" and proves they're still on top of their game. Until this year, he hadn't been onstage with the band since 2006. They're now planning a studio return for their first material with Keenan on vocal duties since 2005's In The Arms Of God.

He tells Full Metal Jackie: "The strangest thing about it to me is that I haven't touched some of these songs in 20 years. I never thought I'd be that guy going backwards, but the songs stand the test of time and work really well. It's been a head trip going backwards like that and having so many people come out and trip out on it."

Keenan says he and his bandmates were delighted to receive positive feedback while they were recently on the road with Clutch and Mastodon in the US. Read more here.

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Blues Traveler's John Popper Reveals Autobiography Plans

(The Blues) Blues Traveler frontman John Popper will publish his autobiography in March, he's confirmed. And the singer, guitarist and harmonica player says working on Suck And Blow (And Other Stories I'm Not Supposed To Tell) was a valuable opportunity for introspection.

The jam band grew out of a school group formed by Popper and drummer Brendan Hill in 1987, and they released 12th album Blow Up The Moon this past April.

Popper, 48, tells Billboard: "As I creep ever more treacherously close to the half-century mark, while at the same time beginning a new life with a young wife and new baby, I figured this would be the perfect time to look back." Read more here.

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New Device Announce Devils On The Run Tour

(Classic Rock) New Device have announced that they will be launching a six-date tour of England early next year. The gigs are in support of the band's Devils On The Run, out on January 8.

The London-based rockers start the run of shows in Leicester in February 11 and wrap up in Southampton on February 20. The band had the following to say about the trek:

"Excited to announce the start of our Devils On The Run Tour. We will be hitting the road with the awesome One Last Run in February." See the tour dates here.

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Hypno5e Stream Epic New Song 'In Our Deaf Lands'

(Prog) Hypno5e have released a stream of the 13-minute track "In Our Deaf Lands." The song is taken the French outfit's upcoming third album, "Shores Of The Abstract Line" which will be released on February 19 via Pelagic Records.

Singer Emmanuel Jessua says: "The album is confident and uncertain, excited and depressed. This dichotomy is one of the band's leitmotivs, that's how we get all those highs and lows successively, just like in our actual lives. We play bipolar music."

Shores Of The Abstract Line is available to pre-order now and comes as a 2LP in a gatefold jacket and in a cross-shaped CD digipak printed with metallic inks. Stream the song here.

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Circus Maximus Announce New Album 'Havoc'

(Prog) Circus Maximus have announced their latest album entitled Havoc will be released on March 18. It'll be the Norwegian outfit's first studio outing since 2012's Nine and will be issued via Frontiers Music Srl.

Guitarist Mats Haugen revealed the following details about the new effort: "The theme on this new album is about moments and experiences in life that lead to love and hate.

"Metaphorically, it's about succumbing to fire and striving to cope with the aftermath of decisions when overshadowed by the love we have for others and ourselves."

The band have also announced an initial run of shows to support the release, with more dates to be added. See the announced dates here.

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Black Peaks Push Back Release Date For New Album Black Peaks

(Prog) Black Peaks have put back the release date of their debut album to make some "final tweaks." The Brighton prog rockers were due to launch Statues of February 26, but have now moved it back to April 8.

The band say: "It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce a change of release date for our debut album Statues. You guys and this album mean the world to us, and we just needed a few more weeks to make some very final tweaks to it.

"The songs are the same - they're just gonna sound even bigger than they did before. We hope you guys understand this decision, it was an almost impossible one to make for us all." Read more here.

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Andy Jackson Releases Preview For 73 Days At Sea Album

(Prog) Andy Jackson has streamed a sampler for upcoming album 73 Days At Sea. The Grammy-winning Pink Floyd engineer and co-producer will released the title via Esoteric Antenna on January 29.

It features guest appearances from former Van der Graaf Generator man David Jackson and Panic Room's Anne Marie Helder. Andy Jackson says of the follow-up to 2014's Signal To Noise: "I spent some time travelling back and forth to the sea - the edge of the world - while I was working on projects for others. I noticed in myself a sense of nostalgia each time I went there, as if revisiting a childhood home. I have never lived near the sea and I've scarcely been to this particular place before. Still, the false nostalgia persisted.

"I resolved that I would write a suite of songs concerning the sea. It seems to occupy a pivotal place in our subconscious. Eventually it became clear that the entire album was to be the 'sea suite', albeit that direct mention was sometimes fleeting." Check out the preview here.

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Soundwave Festival Refunds Promised By Agent

(Classic Rock) Fans who bought tickets for the cancelled Soundwave festival in Australia will get their money back, the main booking agent has confirmed. The three-day, three-city event due to take place in January was pulled last week because of "poor ticket sales" with promoter AJ Maddah also blaming "trolls" and the Eventopia ticket agent for the festival's demise.

Maddah told fans to approach Eventopia for refunds, while the agency said the responsibility lay with the promoter himself - leaving fans frustrated and angry, as well as $185 (£90) out of pocket.

Now Eventopia says fans who claim refunds will have their money back within 21 days, even though they insist the festival's collapse was down to Maddah's carelessness and say they will take legal action to reclaim financial advances they made to his firm Hounds Of Hell. Read his comments here.

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Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band Documentary Goes Online

(The Blues) Gerry Jablonski And The Electric Band have released a short film documenting the first years of their existence. The band launched fourth album Trouble With The Blues earlier this year.

The film charts their formation at a jam night in Aberdeen and follows the release of their first three albums, followed by the death of drummer Dave Innes from cancer last year.

Jablonski recently told The Blues: "There was a small period where we wondered if we could carry on without Dave. But Dave was adamant that we carry on - and he suggested Lewis Fraser to us. I had to make some changes. Dave passing away totally changed the whole deal." Watch it here.

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hennemusic To Countdown Top Rock News Stories Of 2015

(hennemusic) The countdown begins this week to the launch of the 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards, which recognize the biggest rock news artists and stories of the past year.

In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10, the daily rock news outlet will count down the Top 10 Rock News Artists and the Top 10 Rock News Stories of 2015 starting Tuesday, December 22.

Finalists for the 6th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

"The hennemusic Rock News Awards are all about the fans," says Bruce Henne. "Music lovers actively seek out news on their favorite artists and that's what hennemusic delivers daily."

The 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be revealed on Thursday, December 31 at hennemusic.com. Previous hennemusic Rock News Awards winners include Guns N' Roses and Jimmy Page in 2010, while Van Halen swept the honors in 2011 and 2012, split the 2013 title with Pearl Jam and returned to top the 2014 event. Read more here.

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