Day in Rock Report for 07/01/2015

Journey's Deen Castronovo Charged With Rape

(hennemusic) Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested and jailed without bail on Monday in Salem, Oregon after being charged with rape and additional items as part of an alleged domestic dispute incident on June 14.

The Statesman Journal reports Castronovo was arrested on a grand jury indictment on Monday in Salem with an upgraded list of charges that now includes five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of contempt of court.

Castronovo was originally charged with fourth-degree assault, coercion and menacing in the early morning incident. The drummer was arraigned in court on Tuesday while wearing a suicide smock and held without bail after Marion County Circuit Judge Audrey Broyles said he was a threat to the victim; the alleged abuse took place between April 25, 2015, and June 29, 2015.

According to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner, Castronovo sent 122 text messages to the victim and called her 35 times since his release on June 15.

"The texts ranged from threats to kill himself, that she hates him, that he hates her," said Gardiner. "They were sorrowful and vengeful - several also said he wanted to see her suffer for what 'she has done,' to him."

Gardiner said if bail was set he would violate his release agreement again. Read more here.

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AC/DC Catalog Added To Music Services

(Radio.com) AC/DC has just done something that should make their fans very, very happy. They're now streaming. Yes, after forgoing the digital craze, concerned splitting their albums into individual songs would ruin a listening experience, the guys have decided to let fans easily stream their albums, we're talking 1976's High Voltage to their 2014 release, Rock or Bust and everything in between.

The band--who just put their music on iTunes three years ago, making their latest alum Rock or Bust, the first to be sold digitally--is now available to stream on Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music, which launches today (June 30).

As we know, some other fickle streamers like Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre, whose The Chronic will be streaming on Apple Music, have also put their music on the service. Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Working On New Album

(Classic Rock) Kings Of Leon have begun writing material for the follow-up to 2013's Mechanical Bull. Rolling Stone reports brothers Caleb and Nathan Followill revealed the news during an interview with SiriusXM's Alt Nation channel.

Drummer Nathan says: "We've been at home writing, trying to get some new stuff going. And we kind of had to put it on hold because we have this and another festival coming up, but we have big enough breaks in between most of them to where I think we're gonna be able to get the album written by the end of the year."

The group are considering studio options for the project, including the Nashville home studio where they recorded Mechanical Bull, as well as a new space across the street.

Nathan says: "It was built in 1841 and the guy that lived there was actually Dolly Parton's engineer. It's a really rad place and I think we can do something cool with it." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Punk Their Label With 'Jekyll And Hyde' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch have released a video for their track Jekyll And Hyde. The clip is the band's attempt to 'punk' their record label Prospect Park, who were putting pressure on them to deliver a promo for the song, which is taken from new album Got Your Six, released on August 28.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory says: "Punking the label and trolling the trolls is actually very satisfying. So either we make a video that makes a difference like Wrong Side Of Heaven did or we just f*** it all up and have fun with it - just clown the whole thing as we did with Under And Over It and now with this one. We didn't even hire a director. We didn't want this to accidentally make sense."

The video features the band knitting baby socks, wearing pyjamas, shooting assault rifles and eating popcorn. Jeremy Summers, president of Prospect Park Records, says: "First we were scratching our collective heads, but we never once interfered with their vision.

"So ultimately if that's what the band wants to put out, we are not going to stop them. We were shocked, then cried, then laughed because it's actually funny." Watch the video here.

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Geoff Tate Sets Release Of Debut Operation: Mindcrime Album

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have released a trailer for their debut album - which will be out on September 18. Geoff Tate and co will release The Key via Frontiers Music Srl. The band is Tate's post-Queensryche project, named after Queenryche's 1988 concept album to which he holds the performing rights.

The deal was made as part of his settlement with Queensryche which was penned last year. A six-minute trailer for The Key has been released and it features snippets from some of the tracks. The album is the first in a trilogy of records that Tate began work on in 2014.

He said: "I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing. I knew one record wouldn't cover it, and that it would have to be a trilogy."

Operation: Mindcrime features disturbed bassist John Moyer, former Dio drummer Simon Wright, keyboard player Randy Gane and guitarists Kelly Gray and Scott Moughton. Brian Tichy also drums for the band and Megadeth's David Ellefson appears on the album as a guest. Watch the trailer here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler To Premiere New Video On TV

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will debut the video for his solo country single, "Love Is Your Name", on ABC-TV's Good Morning America this Friday, July 3.

Tyler confirms the clip is scheduled for broadcast in the 7:00 AM hour of the program. The singer has been in Nashville since January working with songwriters on material for his debut solo album on Big Machine Records' affiliated label Dot Records.

Tyler issued the single to radio last month and delivered the debut live performance of the tune on the May 13 season 14 finale of American Idol. Written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay, "Love Is Your Name" debuted on the US Billboard charts at No. 33 on the Country Airplay listings.

Tyler is currently on the road with Aerosmith as part of the Boston band's 15-date Blue Army tour, which opened in Glendale, Arizona on June 13. Stream Tyler's new single here.

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Lamb Of God Release 'Overlord' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God have release a music video for the track Overlord. It's taken from their album VII: Sturm Und Drang which will be released on July 24 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Randy Blythe says of the track: "I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled 'me-now/now-me' culture. Just like the couple in the video, many people can't seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble.

"Sometimes things just don't work out the way we want them to - deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap. We all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people." Watch the video here.

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Robert Plant's 'Doreen: The Movie' Cameo Clip Goes Online

(Radio.com) Way back in the year 2000, Almost Famous was notably the first film to get the go-ahead from Led Zeppelin to use their music in a film. 15 years later, the former Zep frontman Robert Plant is going a step further and appearing in the upcoming British indie comedy, Doreen: The Movie.

The film, which is based on a popular YouTube character played by Gill Jordan that's inspired from a Birmingham Mail columnist, is using the cameo prominently in the movie's promotion, revealing Plant's appearance in the preview clip.

In the film, Plant plays an asphalt salesman from, wait for it, Black Dog Tarmac Ltd. When rejected for the sale of his product, he leaves a business card reading "Your 'Driveway to Heaven.'" Doreen never gets up to see Plant, despite the fact she is reading a magazine devoted to him. The film opens in the UK on October 17. Watch Plant's cameo from the film here.

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Cradle Of Filth Streaming New Song 'Enshrined In Crematoria'

(TeamRock Radio) Cradle Of Filth have made their track Enshrined In Crematoria available to stream. The song is taken from their 11th album Hammer Of The Witches, which is released on July 10 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Dani filth says: "Lyrically, the track Enshrined In Crematoria is hilted in the legendary Ark Of The Tragedian, the poet's Holy Grail. It is the author's inspiration personified as a tombed angel, much like that of Poe's pale obsession, and the magical 'midnight' ritual wherein she is conjured forth as a reincarnation of his lost love, to provide forbidden artistic sustenance.

"It is imagination's utter peak and fuel for a literal literary madman. Enshrined In Crematoria is at essence the first of guitarist Richard Shaw's contributions to the new album, before the full band took it by the teeth and spat it into light." Stream the new song here.

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Bill Ward Not Happy With Black Sabbath's Iron Man Results

(Classic Rock) Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he never stops listening back to his recorded work - and wishes he could improve certain aspects. The most famous example, he says, is Sabbath's Iron Man, from 1970 album Paranoid.

Ward tells LA Radio Sessions: "However, it is true to say that I still am listening to mixes. Probably the most famous one is the bass-drum sound on Iron Man.

"I'm still not happy with the f***ing bass-drum sound. But I let it go. I have let it go. But it's, like, that bass-drum sound, I wanted it to be so much bigger and better." Read more here.

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Atreyu Reveal The Release Details For Long Live Album

(TeamRock Radio) Atreyu have confirmed the release date of their sixth album Long Live. It'll be issued via Spinefarm Records on September 18 and is the follow-up to 2009's Congregation Of The Damned. The band marked the announcement with a 15-second teaser.

They reformed in 2014 following a three-year hiatus to record the new album, and issued the track So Others May Live in March. Vocalist Alex Varkatzas recently said of the record: "My brothers and I have made our best record yet. Can't wait to share it with you all."

Atreyu will play several dates later this year, including an appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK. See the dates and watch the album's teaser video here.

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Grateful Dead Launch Merch Trucks For 'Fare Thee Well' Shows

(Radio.com) As diehard Grateful Dead fans make the pilgrimage to Chicago for the band's three-night stand at Solider Field, they might want to clear some space on those credit cards for a unique shopping experience.

To coincide with the "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" shows happening July 3-5, two official Grateful Dead merchandise trucks will be driving around Chicago, setting up shop at various locations to sell licensed items exclusive to the trucks. Among the merch available will include t-shirts, hats, hoodies, jewelry, tote bags and more.

The trucks went into action beginning Tuesday (June 30) and will run through July 6. Fans looking to catch up with the Grateful Dead trucks in Chicago can track their movements and find location stops via the band's Twitter account, @GratefulDead, and by following the hashtag #GDtruckin. Read more here.

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U2 Make Live Debut Of Rarity During Chicago Show

(hennemusic) U2 debuted the "Songs Of Innocence" bonus track, "The Crystal Ballroom", during their show in Chicago on Monday. The tune from the deluxe edition of the 2014 album appeared during the fourth of a five-night residency at the city's United Center as part of the group's "Innocence + Experience" tour.

"Right now we're going to do something we've never done before," said Bono. "There's a bunch of people that have been on the road since we started this tour. I have no idea how they're paying for it. I have no idea how they've skipped school and work, husbands and wives. But they've been on the road and they've been asking for one song, so we kinda nearly figured it out. We'll tell you about it before we play it. It's called 'The Crystal Ballroom.'

"The Crystal Ballroom was a punk club we used to play that was called McGonagle's in East Dublin," he continued. "But historically it's called the Crystal Ballroom. That's where, historically, my mother and father used to go. I thought it was a bit weird we ended up at a punk club where my mother and father used to make out. Something just a little funky about that, in a good way."

U2 will wrap up their Chicago residency on Thursday before heading to Toronto for a pair of dates next week; they'll play four concerts in Boston before wrapping up the current North America leg with an 8-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden. Watch video of the performance here.

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Led Zeppelin Release Preview Video For Next Reissue

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have issued a video preview of the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door." Due July 31, the project features a companion disc of bonus material, including an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album with early versions including working titles such as "The Hook" ("All My Love"), "The Epic" ("Carouselambra") and "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl").

Led Zeppelin's eighth album, "In Through The Out Door" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

The project is one of three albums set to be released that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1976's "Presence" and 1982's "Coda."

Led Zeppelin launched the extensive reissues series last June with their first three albums, "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III"; it continued last October with "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy"; and was followed by "1975's "Physical Graffiti" this past February. Watch the video here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Release Preview For 'One More For The Fans'

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd are previewing the July 24 release of "One More For The Fans", a 2CD/DVD set featuring highlights from an all-star tribute concert held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last November.

The event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant.

"Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable," says guitarist Gary Rossington. "It was a really special night and I'm so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home."

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, "One More From The Road", at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album's title.

AXS TV will premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans" on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Check out the preview here.

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Judas Priest Inspired By The Bands They Inspired

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest say listening to young metal bands keeps their own material fresh. And speaking at a press conference at Hellfest in France, guitarist Glenn Tipton reports he's proud to have had an influence on the current crop of up-and-coming artists - many of whom in turn have an impact on Priest's work.

He says: "I think there's still some great young bands around - we've got a lot of respect for the younger bands. You can still learn from them because they're creating new parts of heavy metal. Every year, every decade it changes but the backbone is still heavy metal.

"If we've inspired some young bands, that's great, and it makes us proud. We're not stupid, we listen to the young bands as well, and we learn from them. We don't copy them but we get inspired."

Tipton's view is markedly different from that of Slayer's Kerry King and KISS bassist Gene Simmons. Read more here.

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Toundra Expand Tour Plans

(Prog) Toundra have announced an extra run of European dates. The gigs come on the back of their current tour which includes an appearance at Bristol's ArcTanGent festival on the weekend of August 20-22.

They'll kick off the string of new shows in September in Marseille, France, and will play London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on November 9. The live dates are in support of latest album IV which Prog said featured "lulling post-rock soundscapes" and "distortion-pedal-to-the-metal plunges." It was issued in January via Superball Music.

The Spanish outfit said of the release: "IV is the result of a year of hard work - 12 months that went by extremely quickly. This is what we are, honest and straight, and we feel extremely proud."

Toundra recently released a video for the track Belenos. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Jonny Lang Standing On The Shoulders Of Blues Greats

(The Blues Guitarist Jonny Lang says that playing the blues now that most of the greats of the genre are gone is like classical musicians still playing music written centuries ago.

He tells the Columbus Dispatch: "Classical musicians weren't around when Beethoven was going through whatever he was going through to make him write that music; they're standing on his shoulders when they perform."

Lang also reveals that while he can't experience what greats such as B.B. King went through in their early days, he can still appreciate it. The North Dakota native adds: "Culturally, I couldn't be further away from the fellows that this music was born from. I don't have that life experience, but I can imagine what it was like to the best of my ability." Read more here.

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Devon Allman Gave His Son The Real Rolling Stones Experience

(The Blues Devon Allman took his son to see the Rolling Stones on their US tour - but deliberately kept him away from experiencing any VIP treatment. Allman says his 15-year-old is used to watching him play - and has seen Devon's father Gregg in concert many times. But he wanted his son to experience a live show the way most people do.

He tells Oregon Live: "I'm like, 'It doesn't count when you're on the side of the stage and everything's free and there's no waiting in line and no sweating. I want to take you to a real concert, no VIP. You know, like, nosebleed seats and I want you to wait in line for an hour to get that t-shirt.'

"I just wanted him to experience a concert how it really is and he had a blast." Read more here.

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Morbid Angel's Steve Tucker Reveals New Album Progress

(TeamRock Radio) Morbid Angel singer Steve Tucker says the band already have "five or six" songs written for their next album. Mainman Trey Azagthoth announced this month that vocalist/bassist Tucker was back for his third spell with the group, replacing David Vincent.

Drummer Tim Yeung and guitarist Destructhor have also left, leaving Tucker and Azagthoth as the only confirmed members. Tucker tells The Metal Magdalene With Jet:

"There's already songs written. I mean, I know that this news has just been released and it's new for people, but, actually, this is something that we've been talking about now since way back - I think before the beginning of the year.

"There's already five or six songs, and they're great Morbid Angel songs. I think the people will be very happy with the songs." Read more here.

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