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Day in Rock Report for 07/24/2015



Led Zeppelin Stream Alt Version Of 'When The Levee Breaks'

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering a rough mix of "When The Levee Breaks" titled "If It Keeps On Raining" as featured on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1982 album, "Coda."

The completed track - which originally appeared on "Led Zeppelin IV" - was recorded in 1970 and is one of several alternate mixes appearing on companion discs included with the revamped "Coda" package.

Due July 31, the project presents the original album plus two 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"; 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." Stream the alternate version of "When The Levee Breaks" here.

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Metallica Star Forms Project With Converge and Torche Members

(Classic Rock) Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has formed a band with members of Converge and Torche - and they're recording tracks together. The results are to be released in digital and vinyl formats to raise funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps create skate parks in low-income communities.

The band features Converge and Doomriders' Nate Newton, Rick Smith from Torche plus Brent Eyestone and Graham Scala of Harmonic Cross. Guitarist and Magic Bullet label boss Eyestone tells Noisey:

"It's just going to be a couple of tracks. All the money that comes in will be donated to the foundation - we all like to skate and we believe in that charity." He adds: "There's no name and no release date. We're just rabid musicians who want to make new stuff and not put a cap on what it is." Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Lose A Member

Avenged Sevenfold announced on Thursday that drummer Arin Ilejay has left the group. Ilejay started playing with the band in 2011 when he replaced Mike Portnoy, who was brought into the group following the death of original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.

The band released the following statement via their website: "We are writing this to inform you all that we will be moving forward without Arin IIejay as our drummer.

"Arin has been nothing but a positive energy and monster drummer for us over the past 4 years. We love the guy and always will. We are and will always be grateful to him for helping us to move forward through some very dark times.

"Creatively though, we felt we needed to move in a different direction. While we can't say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon with the greatest fans in the world. As always we appreciate your understanding and unwavering support."

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Coheed And Cambria Star's Home Turned Into A Cannabis Farm

(Classic Rock) Coheed And Cambria mainman Claudio Sanchez has revealed the legal nightmare his family faced when their home was turned into a cannabis farm.

And he's explained how the experience partly inspired his decision to make the band's next album, The Color Before The Sun, their first-ever non-concept release.

He and wife Chondra Echert had rented their country house out while they tried living in other parts of the world. But they were taken by surprise last year when they decided to move back in as they prepared for the arrival of son Atlas.

Sanchez tells Prog's Natasha Scharf: "In anticipating his birth we were contemplating moving back to the country house. It was time for us to do the yearly inspection but it kept getting put off.

"My wife got a text from the renters, saying the house had been broken into. We thought it was odd so we called the police. They said no one had been living in the house - but they suspected it had been turned into a cannabis farm.

"There was no real evidence aside from the smell and the residue, but they thought it was a $300,000-a-month operation."

The situation led to "a scary time" in the run-up to Atlas' birth. Sanchez says: "We had to be sequestered because they thought we may have been involved." Read more here.

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Spencer Davis Group's Eddie Hardin Dead At 66

(Classic Rock) Vocalist and pianist Eddie Hardin, best known for his work with Spencer Davis Group and Axis Point, has died at the age of 66. He also collaborated with a wide range of rock artists including Ronnie James Dio and several members of Deep Purple.

His partner Liz says he suffered a heart attack Thursday (July 23) while relaxing in a swimming pool. A post on Hardin's website reports: "He first came to prominence with Spencer Davis Group, before quitting - and later returning - with drummer Pete York, to work as Hardin & York for years.

"Then there was Axis Point, with former Family members, and a string of brilliant solo albums. The Wizard's Convention trilogy, with guest singers including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, stands out." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release Music Video For 'Throne'

(Radio.com) It didn't take long before Bring Me The Horizon released a music a video for a song from their forthcoming album, That's The Spirit. And that video is for a track called "Throne."

Although the band had released the audio for "Happy Song" last week, it appears as though BMTH are making a play for a wider audience-the same audience that made "Drown" a massive success last year-with its highly produced sound and lack of growls.

Fans have already noted on YouTube that the song is reminiscence of Linkin Park. The band's newest member and keyboardist, Jordan Fish is partly to thank for adding new sonic elements to the mix.

With Gothic visuals that appear to be inspired by Game of Thrones, director and band frontman Oliver Sykes visualizes the song's lyrics of pain and perseverance. Watch the video here.

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Jack White, B.B. King and Bob Dylan Featured In New Documentary

(Classic Rock) Jack White, the late B.B. King and Bob Dylan are featured in a documentary about the Chicago blues explosion that's seeking crowdfunding support. Made by John Anderson - who directed Brian Wilson concert movie Smile - Born In Chicago has already been screened at a number of US culture festivals.

Barry Goldberg, who also appears, says: "It's a very special film that tells the story of how we brought the blues to rock'n'roll - 'we' meaning the teenagers in Chicago in the mid-50s and early-60s, when we heard this amazing music coming from our radios.

"We wanted to learn first-hand where this music was coming from. And it was in our own back yard of Chicago." The documentary and soundtrack are available for pre-order now via the Pledge campaign, with limited-edition items including a signed box set, signed vinyl, premiere tickets, shirts, gold discs, and signed Elvin Bishop guitars. Check out the trailer and the Pledge campaign video here.

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Lita Ford Believes Runaway Bandmates' Rape Story

(Classic Rock) Former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford says she believes ex-bassist Jackie Fox was raped by the band's impresario Kim Fowley. Fox spoke out this month about the events of New Year's Eve 1975, saying she was assaulted by Fowley after being force-fed drugs, while Runaways members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie were amonth the witnesses.

Fowley died of cancer in January. Jett and Currie have both denied Fox's description of the attack. Fox has argued that the musicians, who were all teenagers at the time, were victims of the situation too.

Ford tells Rockin' 101: "I do know that Jackie's not a liar. If she says somebody was watching her, and if she says that this happened, then I believe her. She's a little extreme at times - but still, it's not right. I wasn't there and no one told me about it. This is the first I've heard of it." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Deep Purple Rock Smoke On The Water on The Today Show

(hennemusic) Deep Purple performed their 1972 signature track, "Smoke On The Water", on NBC's Today show at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday morning and video of the performance has been posted online.

The band are currently playing shows on a summer tour of North America and are gearing up for an August 28 release of a pair of live albums. "From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" sees the group captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013, while "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014.

"One band, two crowds, two countries - a tale of two cities indeed," says bassist Roger Glover. "From Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world - and a city unto itself - to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality."

"From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" and "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" will be available on 2CD+DVD, DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance) and 3LP Gatefold. Watch the Today show performance here.

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Tarja Turunen Announces New Solo Album

(Prog) Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen will release her debut classical solo album titled Ave Maria - En Plein Air on September 11. Her last studio release was 2013's Colours In The Dark, while the Finnish vocalist issued the live album Luna Park Ride last month.

Now she's turned her attention to Ave Maria - a prayer that has been set to music in over 4000 songs. A statement reads: "Tarja Turunen breathes life into some of the most loved and rare songs of Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, and of course Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles Gounod, among others."

The album was recorded at the Lakeuden Risti Church in Seinajoki, Finland and features organ, cello and harp, while the record closes with Turunen's own take on the traditional prayer. Read more here.

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Anthrax's New Album Delayed by 'Disease' Anniversary Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Charlie Benante says Anthrax's 11th studio album can't be released this year - because he's focusing on a 30th anniversary edition of Spreading The Disease.

The revamp of their breakthrough record is set to appear later in 2015, pushing the follow-up to 2011's Worship Music into 2016. Benante tells Examiner.com: "I've been working on this anniversary thing, where I'm putting a bunch of bonus material on the second disc. It's going to be really good."

Spreading The Disease, the thrash icons' second album, was originally released in 1985. It was their first to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello, and the last to include writing credited to former frontman Neil Turbin. Read more here.

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Mastodon Release Making Of Clip For 'Asleep At The Wheel' Video

(hennemusic) Atlanta rockers Mastodon are sharing behind the scenes footage from the video shoot for the track "Asleep In The Deep" from their latest album, "Once More 'Round The Sun."

Directed by Video Rahim and co-directed by special effects guru Shane Morton and Oakland, CA-based artist Skinner, the clip tells the psychedelic journey of a house cat who unknowingly travels into a bizarre gypsy catacomb where it encounters a giant bullfrog, a three-headed evil rat king, cat gnomes, cheese slaves and a warrior squirrel.

"This concept was birthed out of my curiosity about what a cat really does at night while we are asleep," explains Skinner. "Where do they go? Cats have a very mysterious myth to them and I thought it would be cool to explore that, as little nocturnal heroes.

"I decided to put a sort of Joseph Campbell hero myth spin on it and add some Jodorowsky psychedelia as well. I'm more than excited about the way it came out! I love it!"

Earlier this week, Mastodon cancelled their upcoming summer European tour dates due to "a personal family matter." "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," said the band. "Mastodon will return to the road in Latin America in Late September. The September 5th show in Iceland has been rescheduled for December 5th." Watch the video and the making of clip here.

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Warren Haynes Releases 'Beat Down The Dust' Video

(The Blues Gov't Mule mainman and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has premiered a live performance video of his track Beat Down The Dust with TeamRock.

It's taken from solo album Ashes & Dust, created in collaboration with the band Railroad Earth, and released today via Provogue. Haynes recently explained: "I've been compiling songs that didn't necessarily fit in with Gov't Mule or the Allman Brothers, 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." Watch the video here.

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We Are The Ocean Release 'Good For You' Video

(TeamRock Radio) We Are The Ocean have released a video of Good For You, the latest single from fourth album Ark. The follow-up to 2012's Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow was launched in May.

Frontman Liam Cromby says: "The video starts at the end of a storyline. A bank heist has gone down with some hiccups on the way - like finding an angry girl in the boot of the car - but at the end everything is sweet because the money's in the bag.

"We spent the day working on the choreography and when the lighting was right we had two hours to get the final shot. It was pretty manic." He adds: "I like that it has Tarantino stylings with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's vision." Watch the video here.

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Glamour Of The Kill Break Up Over 'Sorry State' Of Music Biz

(TeamRock Radio) Glamour Of The Kill have announced their split after an eight-year career. But the English post-hardcore quartet haven't closed the door on a future reunion.

Their last release was 2014's After Hours EP, which followed second full-length album Savages the previous year. The band say: "The time has come for us to bring GOTK to a close for now. Whether or not we revisit this in the future is undecided, but we have no plans to write, record or tour.

"You only have to look at the number of great bands that have also decided to call it a day to get an idea of what a sorry state the music industry is in - and we are no exception to this.

"Music has been no way of us affording to live, pay bills, or do anything functioning human beings do. The massive cost associated with touring internationally means putting every single penny back into everything else." Read more here.

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Crossfaith Stream New Song Featuring Beartooth's Caleb Shomo

(TeamRock Radio) Crossfaith have launched a stream of their track Ghost In The Mirror. The latest offering from upcoming album Xeno features a guest appearance by Beartooth vocalist Caleb Shomo.

Crossfaith fontman Ken Koie says: "This song is about the fight against myself. Everyone has some bad habits and self control can be very difficult for humans.

"We invited our new best friend, Caleb, to contribute a guest vocal on the track. His voice made this song more aggressive and offensive - I can't wait to play it with him at our show." Stream the song here.

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Keith Richards Previews Solo Album At Listening Party

(Gibson) The Rolling Stones may have wrapped their hugely successful Zip Code tour, but Keith Richards is hardly taking a break. On Tuesday night (July 21), the indefatigable guitarist joined several dozen guests at Manhattan's Electric Lady Studios to preview Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album in 23 years.

As reported by Rolling Stone, Richards and drummer Steve Jordan (who co-wrote and co-produced much of the album) stationed themselves in a corner of the room, where Richards offered commentary as the tracks played.

"Louder!" he shouted, as the first track got underway. Set for release September 18, Crosseyed Heart is said to mix acoustic balladry, country blues, reggae and propulsive, Stone-like rockers. "It's only rock and roll," Richards observed, just prior to departing. See the Gibson report here.

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Adrenaline Mob's Mike Orlando Releases Teaser Video For New Band

(Classic Rock) Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando has launched a video to introduce his band A Beautiful Disaster, featuring members of Lifer and The Drama Club. He formed the band last year with vocalist Nick Coyle, bassist Mike Morgan and drummer Chris Bones.

They've signed with Union Entertainment Group's John Gomez for management, joining a roster that includes Nickelback, Tom Keifer, The Winery Dogs and others.

Orlando describes A Beautiful Disaster as "a new breed of rock, combining unforgettable melodies, meaningful lyrics and a own unique blend of masterful songwriting and musicianship."

They aim to demonstrate that "there are still musicians out there who prefer to play real instruments in the digital age." A Beautiful Disaster appear on the Axes & Anchors Cruise in February alongside Breaking Benjamin, FlyLeaf, Adelita's Way, Thousand Foot Crutch, Motionless in White and more. Watch the video here.

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Northlane Streaming Their New Album 'Node' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Northlane have made their third album Node available to stream in its entirety. The album is released today (July 24) but the band decided to release an official stream ahead of its launch because of the number of illegal streams and downloads which have cropped up online.

They issued a statement which reads: "You may have noticed some other uploads of the album on YouTube and illegal download sites. These versions of the album are not the real album. Our label has used an automated bot to remove all illegal streams and downloads of the songs, so these people have manipulated the audio to avoid detection.

"As a result, there are all these slowed down, sped up and badly created versions of the album available. Ignore those and only listen to the official streams being put up by UNFD and Rise Records." Check out the stream here.

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Spock's Beard Streaming New Song 'Minion'

(Classic Rock) Spock's Beard have premiered a lyric video for their track Minion with TeamRock. It's taken from the prog veterans' 12th album The Oblivion Particle, set for launch on August 21 via InsideOut.

Bassist Dave Meros recently described the follow-up to 2013's Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep as a departure for the band. He said: "Opening track Tides of Time is classic Spock's in terms of arrangement and style - but everything else is fairly different. The whole album is still within the parameters of what people expect to hear from us."

The band will launch a tour of Europe starting in September, with support from UK outfit Synaesthesia and Hungarians Special Providence. Check out the new lyric video here.

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Metal Fans Literally Think Differently Than Pop Fans

(Classic Rock) Fans of heavy music are more likely to think about how things work in the world rather than how people feel, a study suggests. And those who prefer softer music are more interested in feelings than systems.

Research at Cambridge University concluded that people who enjoy Metallica tend towards "systemized" thinking, and like music featuring "cerebral complexity" - while people who'd rather hear soft pop like Norah Jones tend towards "empathized" thinking and art of more "emotional depth."

Lead expert David M Greenberg argues his group's study could be used to improve online music providers' suggestions for music a listener might want to hear, after they've selected something they already like.

Greenberg tells the BBC: "A lot of money is put into algorithms to choose what music you may want to listen to, for example on Spotify and Apple Music.

"By knowing an individual's thinking style, such services might in future be able to fine tune their music recommendations to an individual." Read more here.

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AC/DC Announce Limited-Edition Home Town Jerseys

(Classic Rock) AC/DC have unveiled a line of limited-edition sports jerseys for the North American leg of their Rock Or Bust world tour. The gear features the band logo on home tops for football, baseball and hockey teams.

When the Aussie giant's run begins on August 22 at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on August 22, fans will be able to purchase an AC/DC National Football League New England Patriots jersey.

Other cities and teams featured include the NFL's New York Jets and Detroit Lions; Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers; the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques; and the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Edmonton Eskimos and British Columbia Lions. Read more here.

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Annihilator In Last-Minute Appeal To Find New Touring Member

(Classic Rock) Annihilator have launched a last-minute appeal for a bassist to take part on their imminent European tour. Mainman Jeff Waters is back on vocal duties after temporarily bringing back classic-era singer Coburn Pharr for their appearance at the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise earlier this year.

Now they're urgently seeking a bass player to complete their touring lineup ahead of their In The Blood run of dates - and they're asking those interested to apply via video.

Annihilator say : "As many of you already knew, our bassist Oscar Rangel has been a 'temp.' We're looking for a bassist for our headline tour and possibly beyond."

The right candidate "must play with a pick" and have "no dope, no booze problem, no criminal record whatsoever." They add: " Oh yeah - he has to play bass good and be a relatively good person!" Read more here.

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Robert Cray Streams 'Poor Johnny' From New Live Release

(Classic Rock) Robert Cray has premiered his band's performance of Poor Johnny from a forthcoming 40th anniversary live pack. The DVD/CD set, entitled 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live, is released on August 28 via Mascot Label Group.

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.

Mascot say: "It is extraordinary for musicians to thrive over four decades, and the Robert Cray Band is just that - extraordinary. 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." Check out the song here.

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