Day in Rock Report for 12/29/2015

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister Dies From Aggressive Cancer

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister died on Monday (December 28th) two days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and four days after his 70th birthday. A number of rock stars posted tributes to the iconic frontman including Ozzy Osbourne and Matt Sorum.

The band broke the sad news with the following message," There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.

"He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it's way down the street, with his family.

"We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren't words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy's music LOUD.

"Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT. Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister 1945 -2015 Born to lose, lived to win."

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was one of the first to pay tribute to Lemmy by tweeting "Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side."

Former Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult, and one-time temporary Motorhead drummer Matt Sorum had the following tribute, "Today we lost the greatest badass in the history of Rock n Roll , Lemmy Kilmister . He was a man who lived his life with no apologies and lived the dream of a life on the road playing to thousands of fans worldwide .Lemmy loved RNR and his fans. Never took them for granted and rocked as hard as he could night after night . With his opening line at every Motorhead show... 'We are Motorhead and we play Rock n Roll.'

"I met Lemmy in '89 when playing with The Cult in London in a small rock club called St Moritz . He opened his arms to me as I was new to the big leagues at that point. I felt accepted by him and that meant everything to me. The years ahead with Guns N' Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver and travels on the road it was always a good time crossing paths with him. Likes Pirates on sailing ships. He was someone that carved the way and we followed by example. Stick to what you believe in, never waver, and everybody else can f*** off.

"I got the call to play with Motorhead in 2009 and took the invitation meeting them in DC with no rehearsal although somewhat nervous the fans would kill me if I didn't do the music justice. I played with the toughest rock n roll band in history and definitely the loudest. The best time was on the bus with countless stories from the very intelligent Lemmy, a well read man and history buff. It made you really love him like an elder statesman that you looked up too. A classic gentleman, really.

"That's what he was for me. He taught me to respect myself and have respect and gratitude for the life we'd be given. He will always remain in my heart as a guide to push on. Take no prisoners and never give up. The world of rock is shaken today but thank god Lemmy was here to teach us how it's supposed to be done.

"My condolences to his band mates Phil and Mikkey and his family and close friends . God Speed my Friend , I love you and will miss you."

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A Static Lullaby Reuniting For Don't Forget To Breathe Shows

A Static Lullaby shared a big Christmas gift for fans this year. The group announced on Christmas Eve that that they have reunited and will play a string of shows in early 2016.

The band posted the Facebook message with the simple message "Merry Christmas" accompanied by a photo that listed four live dates where the band will play their 2003 album "...And Don't Forget To Breathe" in full.

The string of California dates kick off on February 26th in San Diego at the Soda Bar and also includes shows in Pomona at The Glasshouse the next night, followed by The Boardwalk in Orangevale on March 25th and San Francisco on March 26th at the Social Hall SF.

No word yet if the band plans more show or if they plan to continue their reunion beyond the announced concerts.

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Geddy Lee Addresses The Future Of Rush

Rush frontman Geddy Lee addressed the uncertain future of the band in a new interview in light of Neil Peart's recent revelation that he has "retired from music," which Lee said at the time meant that the drummer had only retired only from large scale touring.

Lee now elaborates more in a new interview with Paste Magazine. When asked about the band's future plans following Peart's revelation, Lee says, "Well, I don't know, I can't tell you.

"We happen to find ourselves in a very differing state of mind in terms of doing major tours. Neil is not up for the kind of work that it takes for him to be ready to put out a three-hour show the way we have for the last 20-odd years.

"So his interest in this kind of touring has dwindled. And that's sort of where we're at. It doesn't necessarily mean we won't do another record together, and it doesn't necessarily mean we won't play another concert together-it just means that for the moment we cannot agree on doing a big tour... maybe something will happen where we can come up with some other idea about how to tour. But at the moment it doesn't look good." Read the full interview here.

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AC/DC Dominate 2015 Hard Rock Year End Charts

AC/DC were the clear winners in hard rock on the U.S. charts this past year as Billboard has revealed their year-end charts with AC/DC dominating the Hard Rock artist and album charts.

AC/DC's "Rock Or Bust" album topped the Hard Rock Album Chart. They were followed by 2) Nickelback's No Fixed Address; 3) Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways; 4) Breaking Benjamin's Dark Before Dawn; 5) Five Finger Death Punch's Got Your Six; 6) Disturbed's Immortalized; 7) Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter; 8) In This Moment's Black Widow; 9) Halestorm's Into The Wildlife; and 10) Iron Maiden's Book Of Souls.

The top 10 hard rock artists list was similar to the album list: 1) AC/DC; 2) Nickelback; 3) Foo Fighters; 4) Breaking Benjamin; 5) Five Finger Death Punch; 6) Disturbed; 7) Slipknot; 8) In This Moment; 9) Halestorm; 10) Iron Maiden.

The Australian band also landed at No. 4 on the publications "Top Rock Album chart" which curiously listed several albums that would normally not be considered rock, or would only marginally qualify.

Check out the full list of year end charts, including the curious rock lists, compiled by Billboard here.

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Silverstein Announce 2016 U.S. Headline Tour

Silverstein have announced that they will be launching a U.S. headlining tour early in the New Year which will feature support from Being As An Ocean, Emarosa, Coldrain, and Rarity.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on February 29th in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave and will be concluding on March 31st in 31 Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection.

Silverstein say in the announcement, "We will be returning to America for an exclusive headline tour this February/March. These will be our only headline dates for 2016 so be sure not to miss out!" See the dates.

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Police Investigating Alleged Linkin Park Stalker

(Banana 101.5) Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has been dealing with a stalker and has recruited the LAPD to help track down the obsessed fan. Shinoda reportedly suspects a number of harassing tweets recently sent to him are allegedly from Tabitha Boccarossa, who believes she is Shinoda's wife.

Boccarossa was arrested back in 2013 for stalking Mike Shinoda and his wife, Anna. A protective order was issued but Boccarossa violated the order by sending Shinoda letters from prison.

The Linkin Park rapper's latest potential issue with the female stalker has been through Twitter, where someone has reportedly been sending bizarre messages to Shinoda.

According an LAPD search warrant obtained by TMZ, police are asking Twitter to provide all information behind the user in question. Read more here.

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Former Motorhead Guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke Remembers Lemmy

(Classic Rock) Former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke says "the world seems like a really empty place" now his former leader Lemmy has died. The rock icon passed away on Monday.

Clarke was a member of the band from 1976 until 1982. Along with drummer Philthy 'Animal' Taylor - who died last month - he was part of the classic-era lineup. They appeared on five albums together: their 1977 self-titled debut, 1979's Overkill and Bomber, 1980's Ace Of Spades and 1982's Iron Fist.

Clarke says: "I have just been told that Lemmy has passed away in LA. Like Phil, he was like a brother to me. I am devastated. We did so much together, the three of us. The world seems a really empty place right now. I am having trouble finding the words... He will live on in our hearts. RIP Lemmy!" See his full post and photo here.

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Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth Lead Rock'n Derby Lineup

(Gibson) Demolition derbies and hard rock music will unite at a new festival called Rock'n Derby which will take place May 20 through 22, 2016, in Schaghticoke, New York, close to Albany.

The three-day extravaganza will offer headlining sets from Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm and Shinedown. Heavy music and demolition derbies make a good fit, right?

Additional artists confirmed for the debut Rock'n Derby are Megadeth, Sixx:A.M., Wolfmother, Clutch, Scott Stapp, Trivium, Anthrax, Sevendust, Pop Evil and Dokken, among others. More bands will be announced as the event draws closer. Read more here.

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Courtney Love Shares Christmas Message To Kurt Cobain

Courtney Love was in a reflective mode this past holiday weekend and posted a Christmas message to her late husband Kurt Cobain and daughter Frances Bean Cobain on Instagram.

The Hole frontwoman posted a photo of herself, Cobain and their daughter Frances Bean as a baby dressed in a Santa outfit and captioned the Instagram post with the following message:

"That Christmas moment in everyones lives that you never forget, the one that makes you feel on top of the world, where the greatest gifts are the loved ones you shared that moment with. Well this is mine, I'm grateful to have ever experienced that moment.

"Merry Christmas Kurt, the greatest true love I've ever experienced in my life. You gave me the gift that makes life worth living, our incredibly talented, loving, beautiful and gifted daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Merry Christmas Bean, love mom and dad"

See the post here.

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Styx Reveal Live DVD Plans

Styx revealed in an online post that they are currently working on a DVD version of their "Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas" live album which was released back in May.

The concert was recorded in July of 2014 during the band's North American summer tour that also featured hitmakers Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Styx did not reveal a release date for the DVD, explaining that they are still working on bonus material for the release but did offer some comments from director Steven A. Jones and guitarist James 'J.Y.' Young.

Jones says, "We're shooting an in-depth look at what life on the road is like. The audience is used to seeing the band onstage, but we're trying to show them what the band's life is besides what they do onstage."

Young adds, "The original idea… was that it was just going to be about being on the road. Me, I'm happy to sit there and be interviewed, which I did... I can soliloquize about filling in the blanks about the songs that are going to be on the DVD." See the full post here.

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Downfall Of Gaia Announce Departure Of Peter Wolff

Downfall Of Gaia announced in their year-end recap post last week on Facebook that they will be parting ways with Peter Wolff in April of next year and the band put out an open call for guitarists that are interested in replacing him.

They write, "The year is coming to an end and we would like to thank each and everyone for an intense and busy 2015! Europe, USA, Japan and Australia - it has been a crazy ride!But unfortunately it's not only 2015 that is coming to an end.

"Priorities in life do change and from time to time you have to make choices and walk the path that's best for yourself even if it differs from the direction of others. So today is the day where we have to say goodbye to Peter!

"We would like to thank him for the last 7 years, the highs and lows, the willing and the unforgettable time we spent with each other! Our last show with Peter on guitar will be in April 2016. More info soon!

"Downfall of Gaia will continue as always! So right now we are looking for a new guitar player! Someone based in Berlin or Hamburg (best case/no must) with enough time, passion and willing to tour worldwide! If this sounds like you - get in contact via booking[at]downfallofgaia[dot]com".

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Metallica Share Video Tribute To Their Hero Lemmy

(Classic Rock) Metallica have called late Motorhead leader Lemmy Kilmister their hero in an online post, adding that he's one of the main reason the band got together in the first place.

James Hetfield and co posted a video of Lemmy's 2009 appearance with them, when they performed Motorhead track Too Late Too Late together. The band say: "Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We are forever grateful for all of your inspiration. Rest In Peace. Endless love and respect, Metallica."

Among many other tributes, Anthrax say: "There's nothing we could write that can live up to the mighty life you lived. You are rock'n'roll. Warrior Always. Much love."

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine simply writes: "Farewell Lemmy. I love you brother." Read more tributes and watch the video here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach On Lemmy

(Classic Rock) Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has mourned the loss of his friend Lemmy Kilmister, who passed away on December 28 (Monday) after a brief battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

Slipknot presented the rock icon with a Best Bassist Award in memory of late member Paul Gray in 2013. Taylor says: "My friend died today. We'll all miss you. Your name was Lemmy, and you played Rock'n'roll. Rest in peace, my man."

Among many other tributes, Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage reports he's "gutted" by the news and says: "No one will ever come close to the sheer power and presence of this man, ever." Read more tributes here.

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Glenn Hughes Calls Lemmy The Originator

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes has described Lemmy as "the real dang deal" and "the originator" in his tribute to the Motorhead leader. The rock icon passed away on December 28 (Monday).

Former Black Sabbath and Deep Purple vocalist and bassist Hughes says: "Within seconds on the radio I knew it was him - distinctive bass and vocal approach. He lived for rock'n'roll.

"In the 80s I failed miserably to keep up with him at the bar. He set the bar. He was the bar. There will never be another like you Lem. You did good, kid." Read more here.

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Hawkwind's Dave Brock Tributes Former Bandmate Lemmy

(TeamRock Radio) Hawkwind leader Dave Brock has paid tribute to late friend Lemmy, describing him as "a character, a gentleman and friend." The Motorhead frontman passed away on December 28 (Monday).

The future Motorhead founder joined Hawkwind in 1972, playing bass even though he'd only previously played guitar. He fronted the band for their biggest hit, Silver Machine, but he was fired in 1975 after being arrested for drugs possession on tour in Canada.

He went on to form the outfit that made his name later that year - and bad feelings didn't last between the bands. Brock says: "So very sad to wake to the news that we have lost Lemmy. I'll miss him, and especially our eccentric text conversations of recent years."

He adds: "We had a magical bond when we played together. He had a style all of his own. His legendary bass playing will live on for ever." Read more here.

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