Day in Rock Report for 07/16/2015

Jimmy Page Reveals What Next Led Zeppelin Album Would Have Been

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page has opened up on how Led Zeppelin's ninth album might have sounded - if the band hadn't split on the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. And the guitarist says he wasn't aware of any tension within the lineup as they worked on what would be their final releases.

Led Zep had endured a potentially permanent break after the death of Plant's young son Karac in 1977, and finally ground to a halt following Bonham's passing in 1980. Coda was released two years later.

But Page says he knows what the band would have done with their next studio title if they'd kept going: "Riffs. Interestingly-contructed riffs and hypnotic music," he says.

"John and I spoke about this a lot. Let's put it this way - on the next album, John wouldn't have been playing with brushes. John loved the idea of anything where he could really get going." Read more here.

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Kings Of Leon Announce Free New Year's Eve Show

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced that Kings Of Leon will be bringing some rock to the country music capitol on New Year's Eve with a free headlining Bash on Broadway set.

Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill had the following to say about the show, "I can think of no place I'd rather play New Year's Eve than at home with 100,000 of my closest friends."

Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC, adds "The Kings' following internationally is beyond impressive - no doubt they are one of the biggest rock bands in the world right now.

"Not only are they great musicians, but they love Nashville and are great ambassadors for us. We are honored to have them play their hometown and know it takes our event to a new level in terms of reach and expectations."

Read more details on the NCVC's website here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Does Surprise Performance At A Park

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler surprised a handful of fans in a downtown park in Kelowna, British Columbia on July 13 when he stopped by and performed a taste of an Aerosmith classic on a piano.

The singer played the intro to his band's 1973 signature tune, "Dream On", just hours before the group's show at Kelowna's Prospera Place as part of their Blue Army tour.

Inspired by similar programs in other cities around the world, Kelowna's Pianos In Parks initiative - part of Festivals Kelowna - sees 5 free, playable and accessible pianos installed in high profile, public spaces throughout its downtown to encourage residents and visitors to stop by and play the instrument.

Aerosmith's 15-date Blue Army tour will wrap up in Grand Rapids, MI on August 4. The Boston band will release a new live package, "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", on Blu Ray, DVD and Digital on September 4. Watch video of Tyler's park performance here.

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Drama Surrounding Release Of Song Featuring Asking Alexandria Singer

(TeamRock Radio) Forever In Combat have defied a record company order not to release a track featuring Asking Alexandria frontman Denis Stoff. They recorded Lucid Dreams in 2013 and paid Stoff, who was then with Down & Dirty, to add guest vocals.

His band later signed with Sumerian Records - and the German metalcore outfit say the label wants to prevent the release of Lucid Dreams. But Forever In Combat say: "F*** it, whatever anyone says we have the right to release this song, and we will. We are not letting higher powers manipulate and push us around.

"The transaction was made in October 2013, when Denis was in Down & Dirty. He had told us that they had not been signed yet. They were announced as a Sumerian band in December 2014 - months after the deal was sealed." Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Completes Album But Delaying For Visual Component

(Classic Rock) Rob Zombie says his next album is ready to go - but he won't release it until he's had time to add a "visual component" to the work. The shock-rocker and his band completed work on the follow-up to 2013's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor months ago.

But Zombie tells Loudwire: "I have this idea that I really want to make a visual component. I don't have time yet, because I'm in the middle of editing my movie. I didn't want to just throw the record out there and there's no videos. I'd rather just hold it and do it properly."

The title was recorded over several recording sessions across a 12-month period, and Zombie says it was a good way to work. "It really gave you time to live with it," he reports. "Sometimes you go into the studio and plough through a record, and at the end you go, 'That last track is bullsh*t,' or, 'I wish we'd cut that part down.' Living with it a long time made the record so much better." Watch the full interview here.

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Iron Maiden Releasing New Stronger Limited Edition Beer

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden will release a stronger version of their Trooper beer - to mark the original brew selling 10 million pints. The limited-edition beverage was once again created by frontman Bruce Dickinson, in association with the UK's Robinsons Brewery.

And while Trooper, launched in 2013, sells at 4.7% ABV, the 666 version is 6.6% ABV. Dickinson says: "Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew, and it seemed only right to this at 6.6%."

But he continues: "Despite the links with our song The Number Of The Beast, the name has come about as some research by historian Terry Brighton. He's shown there were 666 soldiers who rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 - and not just the 600 of Tennyson's famous poem." Read more here.

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Mad Season Releasing Reunion Show and Final Layne Staley Show

(Classic Rock) Mad Season's one-off 2015 reunion show is to be released on CD, vinyl and DVD next month - alongside a recording of the band's last performance with Layne Staley.

Surviving members Mike McCready and Barrett Martin collaborated with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament plus Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan for the gig in January. They were accompanied by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Mad Season/Seattle Symphony: Sonic Evolution/January 30, 2015/Benaroya Hall is issued on August 28 via Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records and proceeds will benefit the Seattle Symphony and Vitalogy Foundation.

On the same date, Legacy and Columbia Records will reissue Mad Season: Live at The Moore - the final performance to feature the band's original lineup. Read more here.

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David Gilmour Previews Title Track To New Album 'Rattle That Lock'

(hennemusic) David Gilmour has released a preview of the title track to his forthcoming solo album, "Rattle That Lock." Due in September, the Pink Floyd guitarist's fourth solo effort sees him working alongside wife and lyricist Polly Samson and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera.

"The album was largely recorded in a studio in Brighton," says Gilmour of Rattle That Lock. "There are parts that are recorded on my houseboat, The Astoria, as well.

"The song 'Rattle That Lock' was inspired, musically, by the sound that's played on French railway stations; before they make an announcement - a 4-note jingle is played. Every time I heard it would make me want to start dancing."

Gilmour will launch "Rattle That Lock" with a sold-out 11-date European tour, with shows starting on September 12 in Croatia; the run includes five concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Check out the song preview and the album EPK here.

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The Scorpions Release 'We Built This House' Lyric Video

(hennemusic) The Scorpions are premiering a lyric video for "We Built This House", the lead single from their latest album, "Return To Forever." The German rockers will release an expanded edition of the project in North America on September 11 that will feature seven bonus tracks including two exclusives: "Crazy Ride" and "One And One Is Three."

The updated version will be issued in sync with the start of the Scorpions North American dates as part of their 50th anniversary tour, which opens in Boston on September 10.

"We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can't wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America," says singer Klaus Meine. "We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall."

In November, the Scorpions will release expanded reissues of 1977's "Taken By Force" and 1978's "Tokyo Tapes." Both projects will feature many previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of some songs dating back to 1977. Watch the video here.

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Blitz Kids Announce Details For Farewell Concerts

(TeamRock Radio) Blitz Kids have announced two farewell shows for October. The English rockers revealed they were calling it a day earlier this month and cancelled all their planned dates including an appearance at the Vans Warped Tour in London.

They promised at the time they'd announced farewell shows - and they've now confirmed appearances at Manchester's Academy 3 on October 9 and London's Dome on October 10.

Blitz Kids say: "It's been a tremendous ride and we want to celebrate it with you all, old fans and new. Come grab a beer and shed a tear. We are the good youth. Never die." Read more and see the poster for the farewell shows here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Release 'Free Bird' Video From Tribute Show

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd have issued video of a performance of their classic, "Free Bird", as a preview to 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 second single from the group's 1973 debut, "(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)", is one of the Southern rock icons signature songs; it peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release and continues to be a staple at rock radio.

The "One More For The Fans" event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Cheap Trick, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt and many more.

As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded "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.

Other previews from the forthcoming package include the rare track "Travelin' Man" and a Cheap Trick cover of "Gimme Back My Bullets." AXS TV will premiere "Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans" on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Watch the "Free Bird" video here.

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AC/DC's Classic Featured In Trailer For New Film 'Masterminds'

(hennemusic) AC/DC's classic 1980 track, "What Do You Do For Money Honey", is featured in the trailer for the upcoming Zach Galifianakis film "Masterminds."

Due October 9, the heist comedy film - based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina - is directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos) and also stars Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis.

"What Do You Do For Money Honey" was originally issued on AC/DC's blockbuster 1980 release, "Back In Black." The group's first effort following the death of Bon Scott saw singer Brian Johnson join the lineup as the project delivered four singles - including the smash "You Shook Me All Night Long" - on its way to sales of more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

AC/DC are currently playing shows across Europe on their Rock Or Bust world tour, which marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd.

AC/DC will launch al fall stadium tour of North America August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Watch the trailer and the original video for the track here.

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Prog Supergroup Flying Colors Release 'Fury Of My Love' Video

(Classic Rock) Supergroup Flying Colors have premiered their video for Fury Of My Love with TeamRock. It's their way of celebrating being nominated for Band Of The Year and Album Of The Year at the 2015 Progressive Music Awards, run by Prog.

The "Fury Of My Love" track is taken from Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Steve Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson's album Second Nature, launched last year.

Portnoy says: "There is a real magic that happens when the five of us get together. It's a combination of these five very different styles and personalities that make Flying Colors so unique and special."

Neal Morse adds: "Writing with Flying Colors is exciting, challenging, and a lot of fun, because so much happens so quickly. I love the musical results." Watch the video here.

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Fear Factory's Burton Bell Releasing Limited Edition Graphic Novel

(TeamRock Radio) Burton Bell is to release a graphic novel based on the Fear Factory's 2012 album The Industrialist. A limited-edition print run of 500 copies will be sold via the frontman's website.

A collector's edition, limited to just 100 copies, includes a signed and numbered graphic novel, a shirt featuring The Industrialist character and a numbered art poster.

Bell says: "As far as I can remember, I have been a fan of science fiction. Watching episodes of Twilight Zone and Star Trek led me to read Robert A Heinlein by the time I was eight.

"I started writing concepts for Fear Factory during the Demanufacture process. The sci­-fi element integrated itself into the band's philosophy and concepts. This early influence has directed my path of creativity to enjoy science and the future of humanity." Read more here.

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Sikth Drop EP Plans In Favor Of New Mini-Album

(Prog) Sikth have decided to upgrade their next release from a four-track EP to a six-track mini-album. It follows writing sessions that the band say were "very fruitful," with the results due in November, to tie in with a UK tour.

Guitarist and co-producer Dan Weller says: "We wanted to give our fans more for their money - the price will be staying the same. We're in the best place we've ever been and the music reflects that. It's special."

Frontman Mikee Goodman says of the additional material: "We discussed an extra epic kind of song. I like that our songs can go in many directions. As always I'll have a spoken-word on there too. We're enjoying writing this mini-album." Read more here.

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The Eagles React To Being Named 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees

(hennemusic) The Eagles have been named as one of the recipients of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. The band will be inducted at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington, DC in December alongside fellow honorees singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.

The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts - whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television - and are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees.

"We are deeply grateful to have been named a Kennedy Center honoree," says the band. "The members of the Eagles hail from different regions of this great nation and we feel very fortunate that our music has been embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world.

"Popular music is one of America's greatest exports - a bridge that spans geographical and cultural boundaries. We are truly humbled to have been able to be a part of this global connection. Many thanks to our fans, our fellow artists and the Kennedy Center for this recognition." Read more here.

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Canned Heat Celebrating 50th Anniversary Tour With DVD-CD Release

(Classic Rock) Canned Heat will launch a Songs From The Road live pack to celebrate their 50th anniversary tour. The latest in Ruf Records' Songs From The Road series arrives on August 7 and includes a DVD and CD.

The veteran outfit say: "We're all amazed and thankful that we're still here, living our dreams of making a living doing what we all love - playing the blues, travelling the world and giving a taste of boogie to audiences everywhere."

Canned Heat manager Skip Taylor describes the set recorded at Harmonie, Bonn, Germany, as "a capsule of where the band was at on that particular night." Read more here.

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Emperor Frontman Ihsahn Reveals New Solo Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Ihsahn has reported he'll release his sixth solo album early next year - and it'll be based on a "more classic vibe" than its predecessor. The Norwegian multi-instrumentalist says he has finished writing the follow-up to 2013's Das Seelenbrechen and he's used some of the work that didn't make its final cut.

Isahn tells Eternal Terror: "There are a few themes that were not leftovers, but things that I wrote in the period when I did Das Seelenbrechen, but that did not fit."

But The Emperor frontman adds that fans should expect something very different with his next outing. He says: "Whereas the previous album was this total freeform, mental-trip kind of thing, this new album is much more focused on the rhythmical aspects, good choruses and, not necessarily technical, but really cool guitar riffs.

"At least that's the intention - to focus on a more classic vibe." Stream the full interview here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Share Jamie Mathias' Audition Video

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have issued a studio update which shows new bassist Jamie Mathias' audition for the role. The Welsh metal outfit release fifth album Venom on August 14 and revealed Mathias as the replacement for Jay James in May.

In the clip - the second studio diary so far - Mathias says: "I'm excited more than anything. There's a little bit of nerves because it's an audition. But I try not to stress or worry about anything. At the end of the day you just jam with a few boys."

The band are later seen praising Mathias' audition and choosing him as their newest member. BFMV are on a world tour, which includes their biggest run of UK dates ever, starting in Belfast on September 28. Watch the video here.

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Patrick Moraz Releases Moraz Album Project

(Prog) Patrick Moraz has released his collaborative album entitled Moraz Album Project - or MAP for short. The former Yes and Moody Blues man partnered with longtime friend and drummer Greg Alban on the record, which is billed as 'a collection of instrumental pieces that range in style and spirit of world-fusion, rock and jazz.'

The pair - who first worked together on Moraz' 1984 album Timecode - are joined on the new release by bassist John Avila (Oingo Boingo) and percussionist Lenny Castro (Elton John, Eric Clapton), as well as guests Matt Malley (Counting Crows), Dave Van Such and Patrick Perrier.

Moraz says: "Some time ago, Greg asked me if I would like to start composing and arranging some music that he could play the drums on. He wanted to record a whole album together, and eventually, of course, release it." Read more here.

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Styx In The Studio For New Classic Albums Box Set

(ITS) Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands has released a two part special where they celebrate the release of eight classic Styx albums in a new vinyl box set. The show sent over these details.

Originally a Midwestern phenomenon far from the musical meccas of New York and LA, Styx were outsiders of sorts to the music industry, but dearly beloved by their loyal fan base to this day. Styx songwriters Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, and co-founder Dennis DeYoung wrote about the life in America they experienced, all the while battling for respect from certain music critics hell bent on tagging them "corporate rock" for the band's hard-earned success.

InTheStudio host Redbeard gets first-hand accounts from all three principles about this period in Styx history, as the band's current and former members share stories behind eight of their classic albums: Equinox, Crystal Ball, The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, Paradise Theater, Kilroy Was Here and the live double album Caught In the Act.

"Styx was a really hard thing to get people to believe in. Most bands have one sound. They have one guy you focus on and one style of songwriting... We were so different from each other that we were trying as hard as we could to have a unified sound." - Tommy Shaw

"The Grand Illusion, in part, was my way of saying, 'Don't be fooled by all the things you see, because that's not reality." - Dennis DeYoung Stream part one of the special here and part two here.

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Led Zeppelin Release Preview Video For Expanded 'Coda' Reissue

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have issued a video preview of the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1982 album, "Coda." Due July 31, the project features two companion discs featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974, including 1968's "Baby Come On Home" and a blues jam from the same sessions, "Sugar Mama"; an early version of "When The Levee Breaks" from 1970 titled "If It Keeps On Raining"; rough mixes of "The Wanton Song" and "In The Light" from the "Physical Graffiti" sessions; and, an instrumental 1970 mix of "Poor Tom" and the previously unreleased instrumental "St. Tristan's Sword."

The set also presents "Friends" and "Four Hands" ("Four Sticks" from "Led Zeppelin IV"), two tracks recorded during a 1972 trip to India by Page and Robert Plant that saw the pair perform with the Bombay Orchestra.

The band's ninth and final studio album, "Coda" originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. The project peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million 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 1979's "In Through The Out Door."

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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Creeper Announce New EP 'Callous Heart'

(TeamRock Radio) Rising stars Creeper will launch their first release with Roadrunner, an EP called Callous Heart, on September 18. They previously released a video for Lie Awake, one of five tracks on the title.

It follows the Southampton goth-punks' self-titled, self-released debut EP last year, a support tour with Funeral For A Friend and an appearance at Download last month.

Frontman Will Gould last year told TeamRock: "We can't just bash out a bunch of songs. Other bands might do it differently, but we always spend time putting a lot of research into our songs. When we're writing, I always rearrange the walls in my bedroom and make a collage to get a real visual sense of what we're doing." Check out the video here.

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Parkway Drive Announce European Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Parkway Drive have announced a European tour early next year, in support of upcoming album Ire. The run of shows includes some of the biggest venues the Australians will have played on the continent to date.

Epitaph Records say: "Parkway Drive have tapped deep into their reserves of talent and creativity, and have taken their craft as musicians and songwriters to another level.

"Ire is clearly something brave and new. They are a band that will continue to challenge themselves - and in doing so they will again redefine what has been thought possible for a metal band from Australia." See the dates here.

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