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Day in Rock Report for 07/21/2015



Demon Hunter Star And Pregnant Wife Loss Everything In Fire

Demon Hunter revealed on Monday that drummer Timothy "Yogi" Watts and his pregnant wife lost all of their possessions after a fire burned down their Nashville apartment.

Watts and his wife were at a doctor's appointment at the time the fire broke out at their apartment building, which has been described as a "three alarm" blaze by the local newspaper.

The band broke the news to fans and also announced a gofundme campaign to raise funds to help the couple. They wrote, "Yogi and his expectant wife, Cara, returned home from a doctor's visit and discovered their apartment building had burned down.

"They lost all of their belongings. Their baby is due any day. Please help our friend, brother, and bandmate however you can." You can find the gofundme page here.

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Bruce Springsteen Plays Surprise Concert At A Bar

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen played a surprise 2-hour, 15-song set with Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Saturday and video from the show has been posted online.

NJ.com reports Grushecky hit the stage at 10:15 p.m. and played three songs before being joined by Springsteen for a mix of covers and tunes by both artists.

The rockers launched into a Gruschecky song before performing three Springsteen tunes from 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", including "Adam Raised A Cain", the title track and "Racing In The Street."

Among the other Springsteen tunes featured in the set were "Atlantic City", "Pink Cadillac" and covers of tunes he wrote with Patti Smith ("Because The Night") and for Joan Jett ("Light Of Day"), which the singer dedicated to fans listening outside the club.

"People out on the street, this is for you!", shouted Springsteen before launching into the final song of the night. Read more and check out the videos here.

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Evanescence Ending Three Year Hiatus With New Concerts

Evanescence revealed earlier this year that they would be ending their three year hiatus with a "one-off" performance at Ozzfest Japan this coming November but now the group has expanded their live plans with the announcement of additional performances in the U.S.

The band announced on Monday that they will now be playing three shows in the United States; Nashville on November 13th, Dallas On November 15th, and Los Angeles on November 17th, ahead of their Ozzfest Japan appearance on November 21st.

They made the announcement with the following Facebook posting, "You know, we're already playing Japan, and it seems like a waste to do all that practicing for just one show....

"So to finally answer the question many of you have been asking since the Ozzfest announcement, YES. We're adding 3 US dates in November! We will be playing Nashville, Dallas and LA before heading east- can't wait to see you there!" See the tour dates here.

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Mastodon Cancel Summer Tour Dates

Mastodon announced on Monday that they have been forced to cancel their upcoming summer tour dates through September 3rd "due to a personal family matter."

The canceled dates include appearances at several music festivals including Heavy Montreal Fest, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Summer Breeze Fest and Germany's Riot Festival, as well as two dates supporting Metallica.

Here is the full statement from the band, "Mastodon regretfully announce they must cancel their upcoming shows that were to take place from August 7th through September 3rd due to a personal family matter.

"Mastodon will return to the road in Latin America in Late September. The September 5th show in Iceland has been rescheduled for December 5th." See the canceled dates here.

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Gene Simmons Disagrees With Paul Stanley Over New KISS Album

Gene Simmons reveals in a new interview that he is on a different page than KISS cofounder Paul Stanley when it comes to the idea of the band making another studio album.

Simmons was asked by Southern California newspaper The Press Enterprise in a new interview if there is any chance that the band would record new music soon and he contradicted Stanley's recent comments that it was unlikely the band would ever record another album.

Gene said, "Paul (Stanley) may think there's not going to be another record; I suspect there will be. We never force the issue. There is no one to answer to except our own gut.

"I recently wrote a song called 'Your Wish is My Command' and it feels like KISS. It came out pretty easy. When there's enough material, we'll look at each other and say 'you wanna?'"

Read the full interview here.

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Queensryche Set Release Of New Album 'Condition Human'

(hennemusic) Queensryche will release their 15th album, "Condition Human", on October 2 and are previewing the record with a stream of the lead track, "Arrow Of Time."

"Condition Human" marks the group's first release since a public split and two-year legal battle over the Queensryche brand with former singer Geoff Tate.

Vocalist Todd La Torre joined in 2012 was on board for the band's 2013 self-titled effort and live shows, while Tate went on to form Operation: Mindcrime - named after Queensryche's 1988 album.

Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary), "Condition Human" was recorded in the band's native state of Washington. Listen to the single here.

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Motley Crue's Mick Mars Hopes To Change His Image With Solo Work

(Classic Rock) Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars says he feels like "the most unpopular person on the planet" - but he aims to change that with his solo career. He insists he has a lot to prove once the veterans bow out with their final show on New Year's Eve. And his first releases are likely to be an album and a book that focuses on his own take on his career, following 2001 Crue bestseller The Dirt.

Mars tells Classic Rock's Dave Ling: "It'll be a hard rock record, but it's tough to categorise. It's not metal. It'll make your hair fly back in the breeze."

He says of the book: "It won't be anything like The Dirt. After 30 years of being suppressed, I'm going to be bringing out a lot of sh*t." The guitarist doesn't think any of his family read the first title. Asked why not, he replies: "When I was sick, everyone but my parents abandoned me. I'm talking about my siblings - I was begging for help and basically they told me to go f*** myself. I haven't seen any of my family in 11 or 12 years, except for my son."

He still has a point to prove musically too. "I feel like I'm the most unpopular person on the planet. Everyone says I can't play the guitar - I'd like them to know that I can.

"Nobody can play like Jeff Beck. Nobody can play like Jimi Hendrix, though a lot of people try. And nobody can play like me." Read more here.

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Warren Haynes Streaming New Album In Full Online

(Classic Rock) Warren Haynes is streaming his entire new album Ashes & Dust with TeamRock ahead of its release on Friday (July 24th) via Provogue. The Gov't Mule and ex-Allman Brothers Band man recorded the work in collaboration with the band Railroad Earth, after a successful jam session led him to want to do more.

Haynes recently said of the material: "I've been compiling songs that didn't necessarily fit in with Gov't Mule or the Allmans, or even my last solo album. This record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It's given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn't have a home, and build a home for them."

Additional guests include Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin and Mickey Rephael, plus Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Check out the stream here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Making Progress On New Album

The Dillinger Escape Plan are making progress on their next studio album and plan to begin recording the effort this fall, guitarist Ben Weinman reveals in a new interview.

Weinman tells The Rockpit, "We're well onto a new record and the writing process and we're going into the studio around November so we're already getting it going."

He also discussed the songwriting process. "It's not that collaborative, I've pretty much been the main songwriter from day one and I'm the only original member in the band so it's great to have some of these guys add their perspective and their flavor to it but still have the consistency of the original vision that went into the band. I think that makes it interesting.

"Typically myself and our drummer work and create pretty complex demos before anyone else hears it and then we send it to the guys and they work on it, work on their parts and it's really cool especially to hear Greg (Puciato) our singer to come back and hear his take on it. I think the good thing about him not being part of the process until it's almost done is that he hears it like a fan, it hits him exactly how we intended it to hit somebody.

"To be able to be moved by it and create based on that inspiration and influence and I hear it back almost fresh where it's got a whole new level and layer to it, it's a pretty exciting process to be honest with you." Read the full interview here.

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Minus The Bear Announce 'Menos El Oso' Anniversary Tour

Minus The Bear have announced that they will be launching a North American fall tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their "Menos El Oso" album and also revealed plans to reissue the effort.

The band will be playing the full album during the special shows and will additionally perform other tracks from their career as well as new material, according to the announcement.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on November 3rd in Wilmington, NC at Ziggy's and will conclude on November 23rd in Portland, OR with a show at the Wonder Ballroom.

Support on the first half of the trek will come from O'Brother who will be on the tour through the November 9th stop in Washington, DC at The Howard Theater.

The second half of the tour will feature support from Murder By Death who will join the tour beginning with the Irving Plaza show in New York City on November 10th. Aero Flynn will be supporting the entire tour.

Prior to the tour, Minus The Bear will be performing at a handful of music festivals including the Center of the Universe Fest in Tulsa on July 25th, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on September 7th and Oaktopia Festival in Denton, Tx in late September.

Details about the " Menos El Oso" reissue are yet to be announced. See the tour dates here.

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Meat Loaf Announces North American Fall Tour

Meat Loaf have announced that he will be hitting the road this fall for a North American tour and has revealed the initial dates for the trek which will be his first proper tour in over two years.

The announced dates are set to kick off on October 23rd in Temecula, CA at the Pechanga Theatre and so far he has revealed stops in Dallas, Detroit, Westbury (NY), Bethlehem (PA) and Englewood (NJ).

Meat Loaf had the following to say about the trek, "As a performing artist, being in front of a live audience is a feeling you can't get with anything else. The adrenaline you feel when the fans are singing along with the words to your songs, combined with their loyalty, is an amazing feeling. After all, I didn't start yesterday, and they've been with me every step of the way." See the initial dates here.

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Dave Grohl's Doctor Jams With The Foo Fighters In Boston

(Radio.com) The surprise hit of Sunday's Foo Fighters show in Boston was not Dave Grohl singing from the throne or his Cars or Van Halen covers, it was the fact that his doctor performed a song, and blew everyone away.

As Foo Fighters fans know, Grohl enjoys a guest or two on stage at their shows. At their Citi Field show in New York last week for example, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith took over drums for Taylor Hawkins for a cover of Faces' classic rock hit "Stay With Me."

But Sunday's performance was a bit unique. Grohl's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lew Schon, joined the band on stage at Fenway Park in to sing the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." And this wasn't just a couple lyrics followed by a bow and applause. Schon sang the entire song and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Frontman Discusses Jay James Exit

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matthew Tuck says the band fought hard to avoid splitting with Jay James - but in the end it was for the bassist's own good.

The Welsh outfit announced his departure in February during the recording of their forthcoming fifth album Venom and later named Jamie Mathias as their latest member.

Tuck tells Revolver: "We parted ways with him a long time before we announced it. We wanted to make sure we were comfortable making that decision, and comfortable with making that statement publicly."

He says the band were "going through emotional distress" behind the scenes but adds: "We were writing good songs. It probably helped having that distress to bring out that feistiness that the last album lacked."

He continues: "I'm not going to go into detail - but it was in Jay's best interest personally, more than ours, that he was not in the band. Stuff was jeopardizing the band's career and it had to stop. We just had to make that call." Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots Surprised By Blurryface Success

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots say breakthrough album Blurryface didn't feel like the world-class work it's proved to be - because they wrote it in bits and pieces while on tour.

And because they couldn't see an overview, vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun had no idea how fans would react to the follow-up to 2013's Vessel.

Joseph tells Music Feeds: "The record was written on the road, so it didn't feel very universal at the time. It was in the back of the bus or the hotel room and small areas where songs were being written and concepts put together."

As a result, he says, "each song doesn't really know the other exists. They're each written in a vacuum. You end up going all over the place. Josh and I didn't really know how it was going to be received. People's opinion of a bunch of songs ranging all over the place is sometimes kind of negative." Read more here.

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Counterparts Streaming New Album 'Tragedy Will Find Us' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Counterparts are currently streaming their fourth album Tragedy Will Find Us in full. All 11 tracks can be heard ahead of its release via Pure Noise Records on July 24.

Frontman Brendan Murphy last month told Metal Hammer: "This record is a progression in both the band's musicianship and my own personal well-being. The story behind the title is that, no matter who you are or what precautions you take, tragedy will find all of us.

"The idea is to not allow that tragedy define you as a person, and not let yourself succumb to your hardships. It's how you use all the negative aspects of life to further your growth that defines you." Check out the stream here.

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Steven Wilson Announces Limited-Edition Solo Release

(Prog) Steven Wilson will release a double-vinyl collection featuring tracks chosen from across his solo career. He's curated the limited-edition Transience title to act as an introduction to his work outside Porcupine Tree.

It includes a new version of the band's track Lazarus, and a new edit of Transcience from latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. The fourth side carries an etching of his handwritten lyric sketches for Happy Returns.

It's a strictly one-off pressing and it's available for pre-order now via Kscope. Wilson - who's currently touring Hand. Cannot. Erase. - returns to the UK in January. Check out the track details here.

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Adrian Belew Streaming Song Created With His Flux App

(Prog) Adrian Belew has streamed his track Idiom, with music created using his Flux app. The former King Crimson frontman launched his tech-art project last year, describing the software as capable of creating "music that's never the same twice."

He explained: "All artists are charged with making yet another record, another CD, releasing another download into the massive download universe.

"This is not that. This is something which, to my knowledge, has never been done. That rare entity: something new. A different way to enjoy music." Idiom is set to appear as part of an app update. Check out the song here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Streaming New Song 'She's Kinda Hot'

(TeamRock Radio) 5 Seconds Of Summer have released a lyric video for She's Kinda Hot - the lead single from their second album. Guitarist Michael Clifford and drummer Ashton Irwin co-wrote the song with Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte plus executive producer John Feldmann.

Clifford tells Rolling Stone: "I'm surprised people love that song because it's heavy as hell. I'm so happy that people are supportive of that type of music again - the type of music that we've wanted to make."

He says of the writing process: "Benji started playing the riff and we just all came around that. The first verse is literally the first thing that came to our head, which was just real stupid stuff. It's got a really cool message, like, 'Yeah, we're screwed up kids, but we're going to be okay.'" Check out the new song here.

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We Are The Catalyst Release 'Never Fall' Video

We Are The Catalyst have released a music video for the song "Never Fall". The track is the second single released from the band's debut album Monuments, which hit stores in May.

Guitarist Kristoffer Andersson had this to say about the new video,
"We have become know for very slick, well produced, big budget videos and while that's not a bad thing, we decided this time to show a very different side of the band".

Kenny Boufadene adds, "Never Fall is a real stripped back video that shows an intimate behind the scenes look at the bands recent highly successful 10 day tour of China.

"We had an absolute blast playing China and as this video shows, it was as much about the country, the people and the fans as it was the tour itself". Watch the video here.

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Royal Blood Discuss Second Album Plans

(Classic Rock) Royal Blood vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr says the duo are ready to deal with the pressure of making their second album. But for now they're enjoying the explosive success of last year's acclaimed self-titled debut.

Kerr tells Vanyaland: "In terms of pressure, playing live is what we really enjoy. There's pressure certainly when you open up for the Foo Fighters - but it's something where we just go out there and put on a show and hopefully people dig it."

They haven't got far with their next album, he admits, and he can't predict when it might arrive. He explains: "We just built a recording setup into our tour bus and we're trying to get some demos done. It's mainly trying to get some ideas down on the road, then we have a couple of weeks off in September where we'll go into the studio."

Kerr adds: "The pressure will come when we kind of really get into the second record - the famous difficult second record." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins In 'The Loudest Silent Movie On Earth'

(Classic Rock) Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop are to appear in a film described as "the loudest silent movie on Earth." It's set to be released early next year, with showings accompanied by a live band and narrator to complete the effect.

Shooting will commence soon on Gutterdammerung, with Pop playing a bored angel named Vicious while Rollins plays a puritan priest. Grace Jones and Eagles Of Death Metal mainman Jesse Hughes also star - with more big-name artists to be announced.

Director Bjorn Tagemose explains: "The film is sent in a world where God has saved the world by taking from mankind the Devil's 'Grail of Sin' - the Evil Guitar.

"From Heaven a punk-angel, Vicious, looks upon the world with weary eyes. He sends the Devil's guitar back to Earth - and sin returns to mankind." Read more and see a promo video here.

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Junior Wells' Daughter Inks Wide Reaching Deal With Cleopatra

(The Blues The memory of blues man Junior Wells is to be kept alive under a deal between LA record label Cleopatra Records and Wells' daughter Regina Brown.

The deal includes recordings plus publishing from Wells' wide-ranging catalogue spanning his early recordings in the 1950s right up until his death in 1998.

Cleopatra also bought various personal items that belonged to Wells, including his harmonicas, show suits, hats, canes, notes, photos and personal journals.

The label's owner Brian Perera says: "We're very excited to enter into this deal and be a part of the one of the all-time icons in American Blues history.

"We intend to keep the Junior Wells legacy alive with a variety of releases as well as merchandise and branding partnerships in the years to come." Read more here.

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Dave and Phil Alvin Stream Track From New Album

(The Blues Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have released a stream of their track Feeling Happy. It's their take on Big Joe Turner's classic, and it's one of four that appear on upcoming album Lost Time.

Dave Alvin says: "Big Joe was a friend and musical mentor to us since we were teenagers - so we reckoned it was about damn time we paid tribute to him.

"Former Blaster Gene Taylor is rockin' the keys, I try to replicate the driving Basie horn section on guitar, and my brother Phil sings the big city blues as Big Joe taught him to."

Lost Time follows last year's Common Ground, which saw the Alvins reunite for the first time in years to pay homage to another of their heroes, Big Bill Broonzy.

The album is released via Yep Roc on September 18. Stream the new song here.

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Steel Panther's Lexxi Foxx Featured On Wikimetal

The latest episode of the Wikimetal podcast includes a feature interview with Lexxi Foxx, the bass player for the Los Angeles comedy glam metal band Steel Panther.

The show sent over a handful of quotes from the interview: "We didn't have as much money as Poison, Guns N' Roses and Skid Rows of the world, so their flyers were bigger then our flyers.

"So every time we'd try to hang something up, their flyers were bigger so we didn't do that well. So that's why right now those bands can't afford those big flyers, we have much bigger flyers, some people call them posters."

On the group's longevity: "We lasted the longest. We didn't change members, we all like to party and we don't kick anybody out of the band for partying too much"

On Steel Panther's nostalgia appeal: "We bring back the time when you could tell who was in a band and who wasn't" Stream the full episode with Foxx here.

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Grave Pleasures Announce Album Release and Stream New Song

(TeamRock Radio) Grave Pleasures will release their first album since they changed their name from Beastmilk on October 2 via Columbia Music. The Finnish outfit are previewing the project with the lead track Crying Wolves.

The group says: "The first single and video from Dreamcrash will be out on July 31. Until then, enjoy this very first taste of the new album, a song we call Crying Wolves.

"Those of you who have seen us live this summer already know this one - it's one of our favorites in all its desperate glory. We hope the song - and the visuals - will take you to a place that is out of your control."

Following the departure of guitarist Johann 'Goatspeed' Snell, Beastmilk - who made a name for themselves with their 2013 debut Climax - relaunched this past spring with a new handle. Read more and stream the song here.

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Singled Out: Koncrete Kite's Stained Glass

antiMusic favorites Koncrete Kite recently released a brand new studio album called "Bottle The Spin" and to celebrate we asked singer and guitarist Joe Bove to tell us about the track "Stained Glass". Here is the story:

When one hears the words stained glass, they tend to think of the colorful windows that decorate a church. But have you ever tried to look beyond the glass to see what was inside? That was the inspiration behind this song. Not so much the religious aspect of those beautiful works of art…but to look into one's own flaws and realize that what you may find will not scare off those who love and accept you.

This track was actually one we dusted off from some very old demos. I was both elated and disappointed after hearing it. Elated, because I always liked this song, but disappointed because we never gave it a proper recording as a band. Considering how it turned out, I'm glad we waited. In fact, if our drummer, Rich, hadn't brought it to our attention a few years back, I would have forgotten about it completely. Thanks brother!

The acoustic intro of the song was actually something written back in my high school days. I used it at my audition to get into Syracuse University. Luckily they liked it and I got in, but I never really did anything with it until the last recording session. I was inspired to use this piece at the beginning of the song, similar to what Rod Stewart did at the opening of "Maggie May". It has a classical baroque sound to it which I always thought was quite beautiful. Plus, it shows quite the contrast between the preceding song, "Slop Rock", which is all bombast and adrenaline and feedback. After all, we pride ourselves as being a band with many musical styles and influences.

As far as the song itself goes, it's a pretty simple structure with a straightforward arrangement. We recorded it with a classic SJ-200 Standard Gibson acoustic, along with a Fender Stratocaster and Hofner Bass. Add into the mix some rhythmic drums and vocals - lots and lots of harmonizing vocals! - and you have a recipe for a pretty catchy tune. This was the type of melodic song that builds toward the coda, so we thought it was important to layer as many guitars to give it a full orchestral effect, ala Koncrete Kite style!

"Stained Glass" has been a tremendous success for us, staying in the top 20 of the Independent Music Network charts for 18 months and counting. Whether it's the message, or the music, we think we struck the right chord with our fans. It's certainly a departure from the usual guitar-rock fare we put out. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as well.

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

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