Day in Rock Report for 07/14/2015

Investigation Into B.B. King's Death Closed By Police

(Classic Rock) B.B. King was not poisoned to death, the investigating coroner has said. It follows claims from some members of the blues icon's family that there had been foul play before his passing in May.

Instead, he died as a result of Alzheimer's disease and other physical conditions at the age of 89. The ruling closes the investigation into King's death. Las Vegas police confirm no further activity is planned in relation to the allegations.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg reports: "At this point we can say with confidence that Mr. King died of natural causes. Our condolences go out to the family and many friends of Mr. King. We hope this determination brings them some measure of closure." Read more here.

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Why Dave Grohl's Stage Fall Was A 'Blessing In Disguise'

(Classic Rock) Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl has described the stage fall that left him with a broken leg as a "beautiful blessing in disguise." He sustained the injury in Sweden last month, forcing the band to call off four UK shows including a headline appearance at Glastonbury.

But he returned to action last week in a Game Of Thrones-themed chair, designed while he was under the influence of prescription drugs. Grohl tells Entertainment Weekly: "What seemed like a setback at the time has turned into the beautiful blessing in disguise.

"This throne, these crutches and these audiences make us play longer and harder than we ever have. It's this whole new energy in the show." He says of his stage prop: "The idea is just f***ing ridiculous, especially for a band that's never relied on any kind of production at all.

"We usually just put the amps on the stage, turn on the lights and play. now we've got this throne that shoots lights and smoke and looks like a f***ing UFO with guitar necks stuck on." Read more here.

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Megadeth and Lamb Of God Teaming Up For Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Megadeth have announced a co-headlining UK and Ireland tour with Lamb Of God. The tour will coincide with the release, later this year, of Megadeth's 15th studio album, while Lamb Of God will issue their latest, "VII: Sturm und Drang", on July 24.

The 5-date fall run will see Chris Adler performing double-duty with both acts as the longtime Lamb Of God player is also the current studio drummer for Megadeth.

"Having just finished an amazing record full of high-energy heavy metal with Chris Adler, Kiko Loureiro and David Ellefson," says Dave Mustaine, "I am excited to announce this tour and see all of the metal fans come out for this one. I literally can't wait to hit the stage again!"

"I have to say that it's definitely exciting to be announcing this one!," adds Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton. "It's been almost a decade since we've had the opportunity to tour with Megadeth, and we're absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with them once again for these very special UK dates.

"Also appearing will be our good friends and long time co-conspirators Children Of Bodom and Sylosis. This lineup is unstoppable! If you're not stoked about this bill, then you very simply do not like heavy metal! Take a plane, take a boat, hitch a ride, take the tube, bring your Wellies…see you there!"

Megadeth's 15th album will feature Adler and new guitarist Kiko Loureiro. "We have 15 tracks - 13 originals and two cover songs," frotnman Mustaine revealed recently. "We did 'Melt the Ice Away' by Budgie and 'Foreign Policy' by Fear." See the dates here.

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Papa Roach Frontman Slams Kanye West and Pop's 'Useless Drivel'

(TeamRock Radio) Jacoby Shaddix has taken a swipe at today's "useless drivel" pop scene and talked up the "value" of rock music. The Papa Roach frontman has also taken aim at Kanye West - just days after Slipknot's Corey Taylor shot down the rapper's claim that he's the greatest rock star on earth.

Shaddix tells Revolver: "I don't really get the Hollywood scene right now, to be completely honest, especially with the pop music and what's going on in that world.

"I just see it as useless drivel. Rock'n'roll brings so much more heart and soul and passion and fire to people. I just don't see people rolling up on Kanye and being like, 'Dude, your music changed my life.'"

He adds: "I can respect the art, but, on a personal level, rock music - there's just so much more value to it." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Runaways' Jackie Fox Stands By Rape Allegation Article

(Radio.com) Last week, former Runaways bassist Jackie Fox went public with her rape allegations against the band's manager Kim Fowley, detailing a graphic account of what happened after the band's 1975 New Year's Eve show and who witnessed it.

After the Huffington Post article "The Lost Girls" gained traction online, Fox's once-bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie issued statements maintaining they were unaware of the incident.

Fox, however, is sticking by her account. In a lengthy statement posted to her Facebook, she defended the reporter Jason Cherkis and alleged once again that her bandmates were fully aware of the incident.

'He spoke to every known living person who was there the night of my rape, save one," she wrote. 'All I can say about what was said and done is that my bandmates were children who'd witnessed something criminal and tragic," she continued. "I've no doubt they were dealing with it as best they were able. They had no responsible adults to guide them-only a rapist and his apologists."

Still, Fox doesn't place the blame on Jett and Currie, unlike many readers' reactions to the article. Fox, who told Cherkis about her research into "the bystander effect," which he included in the story, empathizes with why Jett and Currie allegedly didn't intervene at the time of the incident. Read more here.

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Metal Supergroup Killer Be Killed Plan New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed will release their second album next year, Max Cavalera has confirmed. It follows the self-titled debut he launched last year alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato, Mastodon's Troy Sanders and The Mars Volta's Dave Elitch.

Cavalera tells Metal Hammer: "There's another Killer Be Killed record coming next year, and more Cavalera Conspiracy stuff in the future. At this point I'm just letting it roll. Whatever happens will happen - that's my attitude. I'm not forcing anything. If it happens, great; if not then it's still okay."

He adds of a reunion with Sepultura: "I think it'd be cool to go back and play those classic songs a couple more times, for the fans that didn't see it the first time around. I would love to do it for them - but if it doesn't happen, it's all good and life still goes on." Read more here.

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Devil City Angels Release 'Boneyard' Video

(Classic Rock) Devil City Angels have released a video for their track Boneyard. The LA supergroup's line-up features Cheap Thrills' Brandon Gibbs on vocals and guitar, Poison's Rikki Rockett on drums, L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, and former Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo.

"Our chemistry goes really deep," says Sarzo. "We grew up on the same styles of music, and we're all children of the Sunset Strip. Tracii and I had the same path musically, and we connected. It's the same with the other guys. We don't want to lose sight of that legacy, but we want to do something new too. I call it 'Modern Vintage Rock!'"

"There aren't enough straight-ahead rock 'n' roll bands," says Rokkett. "We're proud of the work and believe in this. We're bringing it because there's a void."

Boneyard is taken from the band's self-titled debut album. "It's in the boundaries of late seventies and early eighties rock'n'roll," says Guns. "At the same time, there's an element pop. It can be bluesy. It can be loud. It's straightforward though and a different pace for all of us." Watch the video here.

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The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord Releasing Solo Album

(Prog) The Pineapple Thief mainman Bruce Soord will release an album under his own name later this year via Kscope, he's revealed. It comes after having considered the move for some time - and before his main band launch their 11th title in 2016.

A bit of news - for many years now I have been toying with the idea of doing a solo album. And now it's happening. Kscope will be releasing it later in the year.

"The album will be the softer, more acoustic side of me, with more focus on longer instrumental passages, something I guess you could say is more 'progressive'.

I'm really excited about this project. I'm working none stop in my studio at the moment getting it finished. I'll keep you posted as I go, so if you are interested watch this space." Read about The Pineapple Thief's plans here.

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5FDP, Korn, Soulfly Members and More Cover AC/DC Classic

(TeamRock Radio) Members of Soulfly, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Airbourne and The Answer have recorded a cover version of AC/DC classic Highway To Hell at France's Hellfest festival.

The musicians took turns to lay down their parts on the track with Butcher Babies, Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie and In Flames' Bjorn Gelotte also helping out.

In the video, filmed by Comite Des Reprises, The Answer's frontman Cormac Neeson can be seen leading the vocals, with help from Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy mainman Max Cavalera.

Hellfest's 10th anniversary took place in Clisson last month and featured performances from Slipknot, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Faith No More. Check out the video here.

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Coal Chamber Release 'Rivals' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Coal Chamber have released a new music video for the song Rivals which is the title track from their first new album in 13 years. The record was released in May, and the band have used live footage from their recent gig at London's Koko for the video.

Guitarist Miguel Rascon had the following to say of the band's comeback: "This is our first CD in 13 years and I think we're getting a lot of really good responses.

"And not playing for that long and then coming back two years ago, people coming to the show, it feels good. It feels like people still haven't lost faith in us."

The band are on a run of North American tour dates with Fear Factory. Watch the new video here.

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Fear Factory Streaming Song From Forthcoming Album

(TeamRock Radio) Fear Factory have issued a lyric video for Promoted, taken from ninth album Genexus. The follow-up to 2012's The Industrialist is issued on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.

Vocalist Burton C Bell says: "The word 'genexus' is a hybrid 'genesis' and 'nexus.' This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a mechanical state of being."

He continues: "This album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived, and it struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us." Read more the new lyric video here.

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Led Zeppelin Legend Jimmy Page Announces Book Signing Event

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will host a signing of his photographic autobiography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, at Indigo in Toronto on Tuesday, July 21.

Reissued last year, the book sold-out of its limited-edition run of 2,500 copies upon its initial release in 2010, becoming the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history.

With incredible attention to detail, the guitarist has chosen photographs representing the most significant moments in his career: from a schoolboy with a rock-a-billy quiff through his extensive work as a session musician; from The Yardbirds through Led Zeppelin, ARMS, The Firm, Outrider, Coverdale & Page and Page & Plant; playing with Roy Harper and The Black Crowes; collaborating with P. Diddy and performing with Leona Lewis at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Page has officially put pen to paper about his career in this expansive edition. His words take the form of extended captions, which describe and document pivotal moments and events. He has also included visas, photos and stamps from his own passports. Read more details about the event here.

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Opeth Not Letting Fans Dictate Their Musical Direction

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says some fans need to realize that they don't know what's best for the band. And while he'd never set out to intentionally upset his followers, they have to allow the musicians to do what they feel is artistically right.

The Swedish outfit have dealt with criticism from some quarters as they moved away from the extreme-heavy sound of their earlier years. Akerfeldt tells The Metal Review: "They have a hard time understanding that they don't call the shots - and perhaps they don't know what's best for the band.

"On a strictly commercial level, if we wanted to avoid confrontation we'd do music we think the fans want to hear. Records like Blackwater Park and Ghost Reveries came about on those premises."

But he continues: "We don't treat this band like a money-making machine. We're not businessmen - we have a very pure kind of interest in music."

And he's ready to keep moving away from Opeth's roots. "I don't want to scare people off even further, but there are styles of music that I love, but haven't taken in yet." Read more here.

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Crossfaith Reveal New Album Details, Stream Title Song

(TeamRock Radio) Crossfaith will release their fourth album in September, ahead of a UK tour with Skindred. The Japanese metalcore outfit issue Xeno on September 18 via UNFD - and they've launched a lyric video for its title track.

The follow-up to 2013's Apocalyze is produced by Josh Wilbur and features tracks written by guitarist Takemura Kazuki, who was struck down by a brain hemorrhage during the tour for the last album.

Singer Koie Kenta says: "It was the worst thing to happen to us in our entire music career. Fortunately or unfortunately, it just affected his left hand. He is still alive, he never gave up as a musician and he wrote a couple songs for this record as well. It has bound us together as one."

Xeno is said to tell a tale of what happens when "artificial intelligence meets human desperation." Kenta adds: "Everyone has a dark side. Everybody is so hypocritical. And everything - our world - is being completely f***ed up by so many people, especially the government. It's easy to see what they do. Xeno, the person, decides to do something big so he can hit reset and start again." Read more and check out the title track here.

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Robert Cray Previews 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live Release

(Classic Rock) Robert Cray has launched a trailer for upcoming release 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live, which celebrates the veteran's entire career. The set will be released on August 28 via Mascot in a number of formats.

It focuses on a 94-minute video featuring material shot at four shows in the Los Angeles area, alongside clips from 1982 and 1987, plus interviews with Cray, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy and others.

Accompanying CDs offer the same tracks in audio format. Mascot Label Group say: "It is extraordinary for musicians to thrive over four decades, and the Robert Cray Band is just that -extraordinary. They have captured audiences with music that is original, a sound that is distinctively rootsy and a performance style that keeps fans flocking back. 4 Nights of 40 Years Live is a testament to the band's past success, and proof that the Robert Cray Band is as live as ever." See the trailer here.

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Foo Fighters Announce Rescheduled UK Tour Dates

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have announced three makeup dates in the UK following cancelled appearances last month at Wembley Stadium and the Glastonbury Fetsival due to Dave Grohl's broken leg.

On June 12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Grohl fell off stage early in the show, received treatement, and returned to finish the concert. But the incident led to the cancellation of the group's European tour, including the pair of UK dates.

Now, the Foo Fighters will return to play The National Bowl in Milton Keynes on September 5 and 6 with guest Iggy Pop, and Edinburgh's BT Murrayfield Stadium on September 8 with openers Royal Blood and Honeyblood.

The Foo Fighters recently launched a North American tour in support of "Sonic Highways" with a 20th anniversary show at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on July that saw Grohl perform with his leg in a cast while sitting on a metal throne. Read more including the dates here.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Release 'Lock All The Doors' Video

(hennemusic) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are premiering a video for "Lock All The Doors", the latest single from the band's second album, "Chasing Yesterday."

It's the fourth track issued from the album, following "In The Heat of The Moment", "Ballad Of The Mighty I" and "Riverman." The Gallagher-produced "Chasing Yesterday" debuted atop the UK charts upon its release earlier this year while peaking at No. 35 on the US Billboard 200.

Currently playing shows on the European festival circuit, the group will perform dates in Spain, Portugal, UK, South Korea and Japan in the next few weeks. Watch the video here.

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Magellan Combine First Two Albums For Double Feature

(Prog) Magellan's first two albums have been re-released in a single volume. Debut title Hour Of Restoration from 1991 has been set beside 1993 follow-up Impending Ascension under the title Double Feature.

American brothers Trent and Wayne Gardner were joined by bassist Hal Stringfellow Imbrie. Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry made a guest appearances on 1993 track Waterfront Weirdos.

Magna Carta Records say: "The early influences of Rush, Yes, and Kansas are marbled throughout Magellan's debut album, which recounts the signing of the Magna Carta and takes a progressive excursion through England's formative years as a nation.

"Impending Ascension is a truly great progressive rock work. Building upon the same prog influences as Hour Of Restoration, it features better, more consistent songwriting and a harder-edged sound." Read more here.

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Heart Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of Heart Album In The Studio

(ITS) The latest episode of syndicated radio show InTheStudio features Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson discussing their five million plus selling self-titled album from 1985 on its thirtieth anniversary. The show sent over these details:

Heart's enduring career has no doubt been because of the resilient musical leadership of both singer/ songwriter Ann and guitarist/ singer Nancy Wilson, although it did not always appear that way. The "blood is thicker than water" cliche had proven to be true several times throughout their career, but perhaps never more than during the early 1980s. Ann and Nancy share with InTheStudio host Redbeard what led them to take the reins and ultimately to reinvent Heart.

"By 1981 we were already leading the band. We just came out and did it... The band was in a lot of turmoil, and we were the only ones who could be unified enough to lead the band." - Ann Wilson

"Right before the self-titled Heart album, we were without a record company and we were changing management... In the MTV era that we were in then, we put on the costumes and it was fun! Got out the flashpots, got the record company, got the budget, got the videos going and made sort of like a comeback, at a time when Heart's career was really flagging... We really lucked into some great people who helped us reinvent." - Nancy Wilson

That reinvention yielded hit after hit including "What About Love?", "Never", "Nothing at All", "If Looks Could Kill" and Heart's first # 1 single "These Dreams".

Stream the episode here.

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Singled Out: Heavy Glow's Domino (Black Flowers)

70s style hard rockers Heavy Glow (think Cream, Rival Sons) released a new video for their track "Domino (Black Flowers)" and to celebrate we asked singer/guitarist Jared Mullins to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

This is a very sarcastic and suggestively disturbing song. It represents a chapter in my life that I'm very happy to close out. The lyrics are pretty literal. I'll try not to give the whole thing away, but I was seeing a girl in San Diego. I remember taking her out to a bar in Pacific Beach and fighting for her attention literally the entire night.

We'd been talking for a while. She was the kind of you couldn't easily read so I went above-and-beyond to show my interest. I took her out for dinner and drinks afterwards. Paid for everything. At the end she insisted upon me dropping her off to spend the night at another dude's house. Total bummer. Felt like a big fat slap to the groin.

So when the lyrics say talk about her in high heels strutting right to his door…Yeah, I felt every step of that along the way. Should've just dumped her hot Colombian butt along the side of the road, but instead I let it eat me up. I sent her flowers for awhile after that until I saw her one day about a month later with bruises under her eye. Go figure. If you want to catch this girl, apparently abuse was the only way to get through. Not my thing.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the new animated video here and learn more about the limited edition vinyl release of the album here and grab their current summer tour dates right here!

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