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Day in Rock Report for 07/10/2015



Eagles Star On 24-Hour Supervision After Murder-Suicide Threats Alleged

(Classic Rock) Founding Eagles bassist Randy Meisner has been placed under 24-hour court-ordered supervision after he allegedly threatening to kill himself and others. Meisner allegedly threatened murder-suicide with an AK-47 assault rifle and a pile of pills in January and will be under round-the-clock care for at least the next few weeks, the New York Daily News reports.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham appointed a temporary guardian to manage Meisner's drug prescriptions and health ahead of a follow-up hearing scheduled for September.

The 68-year-old was in court to oppose the order, but spoke only to confirm his name. Meisner said in May that his long-time friend James Newton was lying when he said that Randy's wife Lana keeps her husband in a "state of near-constant inebriation" because "he is easier to control when he's drunk."

Newton filed papers in April seeking a legal intervention known as a conservatorship - an American legal concept where a guardian and protector is appointed by a judge to manage the financial affairs of another due to physical or mental limitations or old age.

This week's emergency ruling related to Meisner's medical affairs came after Newton's lawyer Troy Martin argued in court that Meisner has been diagnosed as bipolar. Read more here.

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Journey's Deen Castronovo Trial Date Set

(hennemusic) A trial date has been set for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo following a pair of arrests last month relating to an alleged domestic dispute in Salem, Oregon.

The Statesman Journal reports that Castronovo will appear before Marion County Circuit Judge Thomas Hart on October 22 at 9 a.m. for a two-day trial.

Castronovo was initially arrested on June 14 and charged with fourth-degree assault, coercion and menacing in the early morning incident. The drummer was released on $20,000 bail and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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

The drummer was arrested on a grand jury indictment on June 29 that stated the alleged abuse took place between April 25 and June 29. Castronovo was arraigned June 30 on 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, according to the indictment.

At a bail hearing July 1 details of the alleged domestic violence were revealed. Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Premiere Another Previously Unreleased Track

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering a stream of a rough mix of "In The Evening" from 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 are 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. Check out the song here.

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The Runaways Star Claims Late Manager Kim Fowley Raped Her

(Radio.com) When Jackie Fuchs left the Runaways in 1977, rumors swirled. At the time, no one on the outside knew exactly why the bassist would walk away in the middle of a tour--but, almost four decades later, Fuchs is finally telling her story.

In a lengthy article by The Huffington Post, titled "The Lost Girls," Fuchs has revealed the horror that caused her to quit the band. She alleges that she was drugged and raped by band manager Kim Fowley, and it happened in front of a room of people, including her former band members.

'I remember opening my eyes, Kim Fowley was raping me, and there were people watching me," she said, recalling what happened after the band's 1975 New Year's Eve show in Orange County, Calif.

'It turned into this really disgusting Grand Guignol-like theater performance that he put on," said witness Kari Krome, a then 13-year-old aspiring songwriter who was also preyed on by Fowley. 'And Jackie was dead, dead, dead drunk--like corpse drunk. She was just laying down on her back, sound asleep, out of it."

Krome said Fowley picked up Jackie's arm 'and it flopped down like a marionette. ' He had to manually move her body parts into positions that he wanted for himself." That's one of the less graphic descriptions of what happened that night after Fuchs was given a handful of Quaaludes. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Announces New Solo Album

(hennemusic) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will release his first solo album in more than 20 years, "Crosseyed Heart", on September 18. Richards will give fans their first taste of the album with the release of the lead single, "Trouble", on July 19.

"I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again," says Richards. "There's nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you're going to come out with on the other end. If you're looking for 'Trouble,' you've come to the right place."

The trio were rounded out by Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Ivan Neville and singer Sarah Dash, alongside special guests including Norah Jones, Spooner Oldham, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and Aaron Neville, while a pair of songs feature contributions from late Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, who passed away last December at the age of 70.

The project represents the follow-up to Richards' last solo effort, 1992's "Main Offender." Read more here.

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Doesn't Clearly Remember Fatal Gig

(TeamRock Radio) Randy Blythe says he wishes he could more clearly remember the fateful incident in 2010 which led to the death of a teenage Lamb Of God fan. In 2012, the singer was charged in the Czech Republic with the 2010 manslaughter of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek, but was eventually acquitted in 2013.

In a new excerpt from his book Dark Days, to be published later this month, Blythe says his exact memory of the gig in which Nosek was injured is blurry as it came at around the same time as the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.

In the excerpt, published via Rolling Stone, Blythe goes over what happened between himself and Nosek, and adds: "I only remember that much because it was our first time in Prague, security was so bad I had to wrestle some kid to the ground onstage, and Paul Gray died.

"It was a bad day, but I wish I could remember more of it. I wish I could remember every second. Then maybe I would have had some real answers to all the impossible questions that were about to be asked of me." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage Frontman Shares New Album Update

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach reports he's completed vocal tracks on five songs for their seventh album. And he says he's covering new territory as the band continue work on the follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent.

Leach says via Instagram: "So far this record has a little bit of everything and I couldn't be happier with it. The topics are pretty heavy so far on the first four, even though they're all different from each other.

"I'm pretty stoked on the song I just finished - this one rounds it out with a more uptempo singalong feel. Almost punk rock meets 80s metal, with double-bass for good measure." Read more here.

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Sum 41 Are Crowdfunding Their New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Sum 41 have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their sixth album. The Canadian punk rockers are working on the follow-up to 2011's Screaming Bloody Murder - and frontman Deryck Whibley says he has plenty of motivation after his recovery from an alcohol-induced near-death experience.

Whibley says: "When we came home from the last tour I didn't know what we were going to do. After being in this band for 20 years, I didn't know what else I had to say. Now, two years later and with everything I've gone through, I do have something to say. Now I'm ready."

A range of options are available for fans to purchase via their PledgeMusic page, from a digital download to the opportunity of watching the band work in their studio. Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Would Love To Work With Pantera's Vinnie Paul Again

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo says that he no longer cares whether Pantera ever get back together - but he'd love to work with Far Beyond Driven-era Vinnie Paul again.

And he'd also collaborate with bassist Rex Brown if the chance arose. Anselmo tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "Do I want to play with Vinnie Paul again? Honestly, I could give a f***.

"However, I will say this - if we went into it and I knew that Vince had an open mind... listen to the drum beat and his feet on a tune like Becoming. If I got that Vinnie Paul, sh*t, I would love to be in the studio with him.

"To this day, Vinnie Paul is still the most talented, tightest, most awesome drummer that I've ever f***ing played with." He adds: "I would jam with Rex any time he felt like it. I adore Rex." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Releases 'Tunnel Of Love' Tour Recordings

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen has kept a mostly low profile since wrapping up his tour for High Hopes in May of last year, save for a few appearances, including an unannounced one at Brian Wilson's recent New Jersey concert and a more well-publicized one at an event paying tribute to Pete Townshend of the Who.

However, he has been, at long last, opening his vaults and releasing classic live recordings from concerts spanning his entire career. In May, the announcement came that a show from 1984's Born in the U.S.A. tour was forthcoming. And now he's releasing a show from the next tour, promoting 1988's Tunnel of Love.

Those two tours, though, couldn't be any more different. Whereas in 1984, Springsteen had graduated from arenas to stadiums, and was actively pursuing pop stardom, by 1988, he was retreating from it, and willingly downsizing back into arenas. Born in the U.S.A. asked big questions about our country, and did it with production aimed at MTV and the pop charts. Tunnel of Love turned its gaze inward, asking questions about adulthood, and seemed not to care if anyone liked it. The E Street Band, featured fully on Born in the U.S.A., were essentially guest players on a couple of songs on Tunnel. And "Born to Run" was stripped of its stadium rock arrangements; instead, Springsteen did a solo acoustic version of it.

As for the tour itself, Springsteen had changed his fashion sense, moving from whatever t-shirts, jeans and sneakers he could stuff in a gym bag to button-down shirts, bolos, slacks and shoes. More striking was the fact that his long time right hand man, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, seemed to be demoted. His sax had to compete with an entire horn section that Springsteen hired for the tour, and backing singer (and future Mrs. Springsteen) Patti Scialfa took more active a role as Bruce's on-stage sidekick. Read more including the track details here.

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Roger Waters The Wall Theatrical Event Trailer Released

(hennemusic) Roger Waters has released the trailer for "Roger Waters The Wall" worldwide cinema event screening which will be taking place on September 29 via Fathom Events.

Directed by Sean Evans and Waters, the documentary was shot in three cities during the bassist's three-year solo tour. The film will be screened alongside an exclusive interview with Waters and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason entitled "The Simple Facts."

The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue.

Waters was on hand to premiere the feature at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, where he introduced the film and participated in a Q&A session after the screening.

On July 24, Waters will reissue his 1991 album, "Amused To Death." The updated version of Waters' third solo record will include a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Joni Mitchell Reportedly Making 'Remarkable Progress' In Her Recovery

(Classic Rock) Joni Mitchell is making "remarkable progress" as she recovers from a stroke and brain aneurysm, says her lawyer. The 71-year-old Canadian - best known for 1970 hit Big Yellow Taxi - was hospitalised in March after being found unresponsive at her Los angeles home.

But representative Rebecca J Thyne reports that the singer is talking again and is "expected to make a full recovery." Her comments are made in court papers which were lodged in the process of passing decision-making powers on to Mitchell's friend, Leslie Morris.

Thyme's statement continues: "When I arrived she was seated at her kitchen table feeding herself lunch. She also told me that she receives excellent care from caregivers round-the-clock." Read more here.

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Public Image Limited Announce New Album, Reveal First Song

(Classic Rock) Public Image Limited have announced their 10th album will be released in March and have made the lead single available to stream. John Lydon and co will issue What The World Needs Now… on September 4 via the band's own label PiL Official. The single, Double Trouble, will be released on August 21.

According to Lydon, the album opener arose from an argument with his wife about plumbing, but came to concern relationships. The 10inch vinyl version will be backed by b-side Bettie Page, which, John says is "an homage to the late Queen of the Pin-Ups", and also comes with additional non-album bonus track Turkey Tits.

The artwork for Double Trouble, partly inspired by Native American Hopi characters, was designed and hand drawn by Lydon himself. What The World Needs Now… follows 2012's This is PiL - the band's first album in 17 years. The record, which can be pre-ordered now, is released ahead of a 23-date European tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on September 18. Read more and listen to the first single here.

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Mike Shinoda To Play Fort Minor Shows During Linkin Park Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Mike Shinoda will perform two Fort Minor shows during Linkin Park's upcoming European tour. He recently resurrected the outfit a decade after its last release, 2006's Militia EP, by issuing a video for fresh track Welcome.

Now he's confirmed Fort Minor will perform at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 26 and Berlin, Germany's Kesselhaus on September 2. They come on the heels of a June 29 performance at LA's Exchange. Tickets for both shows are now available.

The Welcome promo was filmed in California using 360-degree virtual reality software and it's already been watched by over 2.4 million YouTube users. Read more including all of the dates here.

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Sebastian Bach Wants Cellphone Ban At Live Music Venues

(Classic Rock) Sebastian Bach wants live venues to adopt the no-phone policies used in theatres and cinemas. The singer is one of many artists to have slammed audience members who shoot video during shows, recently telling the Sioux City Journal: "You're distracted, and it's distracting to the performer as well."

Now Back tells 105.5 KNAC Los Angeles: "Here's my point: When I go to a movie there's a big f***ing sign, 'Please be kind and put away your cellphones.' If anybody's on a cellphone, I want to f***ing smack them. There's not even anyone on stage. We're watching the playback of a tape."

He continues: "For live performances, you don't give the same respect? You can't go to a movie and have your cellphone on, but when you have actual live human beings, it's f***ing okay? That's f***ing bullsh*t!

"It's not appropriate in our society to stand up in a theater and film the f***ing movie, but it's totally acceptable to do that at a concert?" Read more here.

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Rick Wakeman Discusses The Vivaldi Metal Project In New Video

(Classic Rock) Rick Wakeman is among 70 musicians involved in turning Vivaldi music into heavy metal and discusses the project in a new promo video. The Vivaldi Metal Project, which was launched in 2013 by composer and producer Mistheria and his co-producer, bassist Alberto Rigoni.

Recording of The Four Seasons, originally composed for violins in the 1720s, is underway after a full year spent on arrangements. It's set for release next March.

Wakeman says: "This is an amazing project, with some amazing music, led by an amazing band. It's a very special project and I give it my utmost support."

Among the other artists taking part are Chris Caffery, Rob Rock, Fabio Lione, Mark Boals, Vitalij Kuprij, and Dani Loeble. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up via PledgeMusic, with a range of exclusives on offer alongside the album itself. Watch the promo video here.

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Miss May I Release 'I.H.E.' Music Video

(TeamRock Radio) Miss May I have released a new music video for their latest single I.H.E. The Ohio metal outfit originally made the audio for the new track available last month.

The single is the opener from upcoming fifth album Deathless, which is released on August 7 via Rise Records. Pre-orders include an instant download of I.H.E.

Frontman Levi Benton said: "It's about how the last two years have tested us on many levels, and how we've come through it all stronger and better. That's where the title comes from - we are deathless." Watch the video here.

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Asking Alexandria Streaming Tour Documentary Online

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria have launched a short documentary from their current Vans Warped US tour. It's their first trek with new frontman Denis Stoff, who replaced Danny Worsnop in May.

Stoff, who made his studio debut with Asking Alexandria on their track I Won't Give In, will appear in more detail on the band's upcoming fourth album.

Guitarist Ben Bruce recently told Metal Hammer: "I think this is going to be our best record. Everyone says that, but we have a valid reason to say that. We have something to prove. Everything's fallen out into this record. I listen to it and I'm like, 'F***, I can't believe I wrote this.'" Watch the video here.

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Randy Bachman Releases 'Oh My Lord' Video

(hennemusic) Randy Bachman has released a video for "Oh My Lord", a track from his latest album, "Heavy Blues." The studio version includes a guest appearance by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, just one of several cameos featured on the project.

Bachman is joined by Peter Frampton on the album's title track, while "Bad Child" sees him teamed with Joe Bonamassa and "Little Girl Lost" adds guest Neil Young.

Produced by Kevin Shirley, Bachman is joined on the project by new band members Anna Ruddick on bass and drummer Dale Anne Brendon. "I've known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends," says Bachman. "I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads." Watch the video here.

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Joe Satriani Streaming New Song 'Shockwave Supernova'

(hennemusic) Joe Satriani has premiered an online stream of the title track to his forthcoming album, "Shockwave Supernova." Satriani named and song and album after his alter ago, one that he steps into for live performances.

Due July 24, the guitarist co-produced his 15th album with John Cuniberti and recorded the project late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller.

"I couldn't have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life," says Satriani. The guitarist is joined by a second rhythm section for four tracks: drummer Vinnie Colaiuta - who has worked with Frank Zappa, Sting and Paul Simon, among others - and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

He will launch The Shockwave Tour in Nantes, France on September 17. Stream the new song here.

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Wilko Johnson Inspired Filmmaker's Response To Mother's Death

(Classic Rock) The film-maker behind The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson says the veteran guitarist's spirit in the face of death helped him deal with the passing of his own mother.

Julien Temple originally expected to cover the last months of Johnson's life after he'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But that changed after photographer, fan and surgeon Charlie Chan persuaded the ex Dr Feelgood man to seek a second opinion - leading to the operation that saved him.

Temple tells the BBC: "It was about two months between my coming on board, and suddenly Wilko getting his amazing news. My mum was dying at the time that Wilko was so ill, and all the emotions began to emerge. I actually found what Wilko said, both on and off the screen, very inspiring."

He adds: "The film is not just for fans of rock'n'roll - all of us are going to face something like he faced, ourselves or in a parent, partner or friend." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Fred Abbott (Noah and the Whale)'s Adrenaline Shot

Today Fred Abbott of Noah and the Whale fame tells us about "Adrenaline Shot", which is the first single from his forthcoming debut solo album "Serious Poke" (out July 20th). Here is the story:

I wrote "Adrenaline Shot" when we working on the Noah And The Whale album Heart of Nowhere. I recorded a basic demo in my house on my laptop and played it to the guys when we were coming up with ideas for that album. It was immediately obvious it wasn't going to work on a noah record, but I must have mentally filed it under "maybe another time..."

I seem to recall that I wrote the lyrics quickly, which is very unusual for me. I've been known to take years to finish lyrics for a song. The song is about the moment that you make a first connection with someone who you know is going to change your life for the better, it's kind of a "love at first touch" song.

Some time after I'd recorded the lyrics I wanted to change the first line. I thought "parking lot" sounded too American. I wanted to change it to "rooftop", which I actually preferred as I've had lots of good times on rooftops. So we went back into the studio at some point and tried to re-record just the first line of the song. But for whatever reason we couldn't get exactly the same vocal sound and it didn't sound right with the rest of the singing. So we just kept parking lot.

We started by recording the drums in British grove studios. The drummer Michael Petulla had been hit in the face by a football before coming to the studio that day and had a mild concussion. Despite being a little disorientated he played a great take. I really let him off the leash on this one and there are some outrageous drum fills on there that most producers would never allow these days!

Once we got the guitars and bass on the track it immediately became obvious that this would be a good track to start an album with. It was loud, punchy and fast. The piano was done on an upright at British grove that is deliberately kept a little out of tune, so that added a nice bit of honky tonk to the second half of the song. The last thing we added was the backing vocals from Mcgoo and Grace Barrett, which lend a bit of class to the track.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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