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Day in Rock Report for 07/28/2015



Guns N' Roses Guitarist DJ Ashba Leaves The Group

(hennemusic) Guitarist DJ Ashba has announced his departure from Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. Ashba plans to focus on Sixx:AM (lead by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx) as they prepare to release two albums in 2016 alongside a planned 2-year world tour.

The guitarist joined Guns N' Roses in 2009 as a replacement for Robin Finck, who left to rejoin Nine Inch Nails at the time. On Monday, Ashba posted a statement on his social media with the news of his exit from Guns N' Roses.

"...it is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N' Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me. I have always been driven by my passion for creating music and Sixx:A.M. has always been a place where I can express myself honestly and share that passion with my two brothers and bandmates, Nikki Sixx and James Michael. As you know I have also been blessed with the love and support of my incredible wife, Naty, who has been at my side for much of this amazing journey.

"As I sit here writing this letter, I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years. Without you, I am nothing. Please know that I do not take one minute of this amazing life for granted." Read his full statement here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Angers Mayhem Support Bands

Jungle Rot vocalist and guitarist Dave Matrise thinks that Slayer's Kerry King has sabotaged this year's Mayhem Festival tour with his recent criticism of the organizers of the trek and referring to the second stage as the "sh*t stage".

Matrise and members of Kissing Candice and Sister Sin shared their feeling about King's comments with Live Metal late last week. Matrise said, "I'm gonna be truthful - I take it very personal. I'm a longtime Slayer fan, and I hate to say it, but now I'm gonna change my thoughts about Slayer over this.

"It's because of the simple fact that there's a lot of people, including myself, and a lot of bands here that have a lot of money invested in this tour, and we're trying to make our money back, and we're trying to keep this thing rolling. And here's this guy, and he opens his mouth and sabotages the tour, in my opinion.

"And then he talks sh*t about Victory and that's our label as well, and calls it a 'sh*t stage.' Well, if it wasn't for Victory probably getting this stage, this tour would've never even happened.

"That's just my opinion, and if he would get off the bus once in a while instead of charging $20 for a picture or a signing or whatever the hell he does, he'd probably see that there's some really good talent out there, man.

"So yeah, I take it very personal. I think he stuck his foot in his mouth and I hope this turns on him and I hope for the worst. I have had enough - the guy's been runnin' his mouth enough and this is the final straw." Read more of Matrise's comments and the reactions from the other bands here.

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Misfits' Jerry Only Was There When Sid Vicious Died

(Classic Rock) The Misfits mainman Jerry Only has revealed he's writing a book about his life. And it's set to include his own account of the night Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died.

Only, who'd become friends with Vicious and his mother, had dinner with them the evening he was released from prison in February 1979. He was on bail after being accused of the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He started taking heroin within hours of his release and was found dead the next morning.

Only tells Metal Hammer: "The book is basically about growing up when I grew up, in the 70s, and being able to get involved in the music scene that was taking off. A lot of the tragedies - I'm actually writing a chapter about Sid Vicious right now. I was there when he died."

He adds: "It's about understanding how things work, and how to get around obstacles without compromising your integrity. I think that's where we're at now. I'm at work right now - some people are out on their yachts when they're not on the road, and I'm in a machine shop." Read more here.

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Music Industry Needs To Start Over Says Dee Snider

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider believes that the music industry can't fix the current failing system and they need to start over with a "blank piece of paper" to devise a whole new playbook if they want to succeed.

He tells Ultimate Classic Rock, "Probably the best route they should take, I think they've been playing catchup for a long time - they're constantly trying to readjust and adapt. I think that probably the truth of the matter, the answer is to start from scratch and create a whole new playbook.

"Forget everything - they keep trying to adjust what they knew - throw it out the window and say, 'Okay, we're starting out, now how do we create a new music industry, forgetting everything that went before?' Just get it out of your mind. Because it haunts people, it clouds their judgement and they keep trying to recapture - and it all comes down to economics, you recapture that. Well, forget that - start with a blank piece of paper and say, 'Okay, now we're making a music industry. These are the elements we have, this is the way music is created, this is the way music is transmitted, this is how it's shared and enjoyed.' Build a whole new business plan off of that. I don't think anybody, at least that I'm aware of, has done that, started with just a blank slate and just started over. I think that's really what needs to be done. Just level the f-ing building and build something brand new.

Snider was then asked if he thinks streaming and social media has helped expose him to a new generation. He responded, "I have no idea. I saw a hashtag, Twitter in three words hashtag and I wrote, 'Verdict still out.' I don't know if it has value, if it has a place.

"You probably saw that Dave Draiman has removed himself from Twitter and social media. You know, he's been a punching bag, he tried to make statements like I have in a way, but even more so, political and really try to raise awareness and do things and he just got tired of hearing f-tards. Hashtag, #f-tards. [Laughs] So I don't know, for me.

"I know it has value for some people and I know Andy Biersack and Black Veil Brides, they've figured it out. They've made it work for them. And no, it's not the old business plan, it's a brand new one. He comes from there, you know, Andy, he started in social media and built it from the ground up out of that. He gets it, controls it, uses it, works it, loves it, embraces it and has figured out how to make it work for him. It's great. So God bless him."

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Judas Priest Expand North American Fall Tour

Judas Priest have added a number of new dates to their upcoming North American fall tour leg that they are launching in support of their latest studio album "Redeemer Of Souls."

The U.S. and Canadian tour leg will be kicking off on October 16th in Paso Robles, CA at the Vina Robles Amphitheater and concluding on November 12th in Toronto, ON at the Air Canada Center.

Following the North American run the band will launch a European tour on November 7th in the Netherlands and the trek includes a UK leg that will feature Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock as special guests, followed by a short leg visiting several countries in mainland Europe with UFO supporting. See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Drover Explains Reasons For Leaving From Megadeth

(Classic Rock) Former Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover insists there was nothing negative about his departure from the band last year. He and guitarist Chris Broderick left within hours of each other in November.

Mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson later recruited axeman Kiko Louriero on a full-time basis and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler as a guest musician. Both appear on the thrash icons' 15th album, out later this year.

Drover and Broderick went on to form Act Of Defiance, featuring vocalist Henry Derek and Shadows Fall man Matt Bachand on bass. Their debut album Birth And The Burial is released on August 21.

Drover tells Revolver: "Everybody's looking for the negative story, but there isn't one. I was in the band for over 10 years - longer than anybody besides the two Daves. I have nothing but good things to say about the whole experience. I wouldn't be talking to you right now if I hadn't been in that band."

The drummer says his departure decision was based around the prospect of a period of inactivity. "We had a really massive break coming up, about a year. I thought to myself that if I was ever going to branch off and have my own thing, it would be a really good time to do it." Read more here.

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Disturbed Frontman Under The Influence While Writing Songs

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he's been inspired to write most of the songs in his career while on marijuana. The singer and his band have returned after a four-year hiatus and will release their sixth album Immortalized on August 21 via Reprise Records.

They issued a lyric video for the title track last week - and Draiman says the song Fire It Up from the new record was written while high. He tells Revolver: "95% of the songs I've written in my life, I've written them while high. That's the god's honest truth.

"I'll have a very skeletal musical idea in my head, and then I'll light one up, go in the shower and let the steam kind of build up. It helps me relax, and I can see the gaps. I can see the holes in the rhythm and the melody and I'll know where I can go, and what the possibilities are. It helps me be able to perceive everything a little bit more clearly." Read more here.

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After The Burial Cancel Summer Slaughter Tour After Justin Lowe's Death

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial have cancelled their US touring plans in the aftermath of guitarist Justin Lowe's death. His body was found after an apparent fall from a bridge last week.

The tragedy occurred after Lowe announced his departure from the band in a confused statement that suggested he was suffering from mental trauma. After The Burial say: "In the wake of our loss, we have decided not to perform on this year's Summer Slaughter tour.

"The recent events have been unimaginably heartbreaking. Justin's passing is something that each of us needs time with our families and friends to recover from." Read more here.

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The Tangent's Andy Tillison Suffers Heart Attack

(Prog) The Tangent mainman Andy Tillison is in hospital after suffering a heart attack. He's reported to be tired but in good spirits after the medical emergency on Sunday.

And he's sent his thanks to fans for their support via partner Sally Collyer. She says: "Andy was taken into hospital in the early hours of Sunday after suffering a mild heart attack.

"He is very tired, but feeling much better. I will try to keep you all updated on his progress. Your love and support means the world to us both right now." Read more here.

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Drumstick Pioneer Vic Firth Dead At 85

(Classic Rock) Drumstick pioneer Vic Firth has died at the age of 85. He launched his stick business in 1963 in Boston, Massachussets, during his acclaimed career as a concert percussionist. He enjoyed a 50-year stint with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, running a leading teaching studio and publishing a series of training books.

Everett 'Vic' Firth was once described as "the consummate musician, educator and businessman." He said he'd been inspired to start making sticks when he found the ones he was using didn't meet his requirements. He reported: "It came out of necessity - not of imagination or my ability to start a company."

The Vic Firth brand now manufacturers over 12 million sticks a year and boasts endorsees including Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts, Tool's Danny Carey, Rammstein's Christoph Schneider, Bullet For My Valentine's Michael 'Moose' Thomas and many others. Read more here.

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The Church and The Psychedelic Furs Announce Tour

The Church have announced that they will be launching a North American tour next month which will include a run of coheadlining dates with The Psychedelic Furs.

The coheadlining tour will include 20 stops and will be kicking off on August 8th in Buffalo, NY at the Town Ballroom and concluding on September 9th in San Diego, CA at the North Park Theater.

The Church are launching the tour in support of their latest studio album "Further/Deeper," which was released earlier this year and featuring their latest single "Laurel Canyon". Watch the video for the track here.

In addition to the dates with The Psychedelic Furs, The Church have also announced a string of their own headline dates that includes stops in Toronto, Portland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Chicago, Petaluma and the final date at the Roxy in Los Angeles on September 10th. See all of the tour dates here.

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Peter Gabriel Launching Limited Edition Remastered Albums

(Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel is set to launch remastered, limited edition vinyl versions of his first four solo records - marking their return to the format for the first time since 2002.

It's the first in a series that will see all his records available in vinyl. They arrive on October 22 on Real World via Caroline International. The eponymous albums - referred to as 1 to 4 or Car, Scratch, Melt and Security, based on their cover art - followed his departure from Genesis in 1975, and established him as a solo artist.

Gabriel says: "I really wanted the first record to be different from what I'd done with Genesis, so we were trying to do things in different styles. A bit of barbershop, which Tony Levin helped with. There were more bluesy things, a variety of songs and arrangements that were consciously trying to provide something different."

Each 180g double album is presented in gatefold sleeve in an individually-numbered run of 10,000 copies worldwide. Long out-of-print German vocal versions of Gabriel's third and fourth albums will be limited to 3,000 copies each. Each pack will include a download cards with a choice of resolution: hi-res 24-bit/96k or 16-bit/44.1k. Read more here.

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Joe Walsh Announces North American Solo Tour

(hennemusic) The Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has announced dates for a fall tour of North America. He will perform 13 shows on the month-long run, which opens in Warren, OH on September 18.

The trek will reunite Walsh with one of his Barnstorm band members, keyboardist and drummer Joe Vitale; the lineup will also include guitarist Gannin Arnold, bassist Tommy Simms and drummer Drew Hester.

Walsh says he will be performing hits from throughout his career, ranging from the James Gang to his Barnstorm days, to the Eagles and his solo records…along with some surprises.

"I'm going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven't ever played live, but everything everyone's coming to hear will also be in the show," says Walsh. "I've got a great band and I'm excited to play with my old friend Joe Vitale again. I also love being able to go into smaller venues. I've missed it…The interaction with the audience is much better, everybody has a good seat and it reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I'm really looking forward to it all." Read more and see the dates here.

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Keith Richards Releases 'Trouble' Music Video

(hennemusic) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has released a music video for the song "Trouble", which is the lead single from his forthcoming solo album, "Crosseyed Heart."

Directed by Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom"), the clip was filmed at Germano Studios in New York City, where much of the album was recorded.

Due September 18, the project marks Richards' first solo album in more than 20 years and the follow-up to 1992's "Main Offender." "I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again," says Richards. "There's nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you're going to come out with on the other end. If you're looking for 'Trouble,' you've come to the right place."

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

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The Flaming Lips Lead Donovan Tribute Album Lineup

(Prog) The Flaming Lips lead a list of artists lined up to appear on a tribute record to Scots singer-songwriter Donovan. Wayne Coyne and co will present their cover of his track Atlantis on the 15-song collection, entitled Gazing With Tranquility.

The charity release, created by Rock The Cause Records, arrives on October 16. All proceeds will go towards Huntington's Hope, a charity that helps children suffering from Huntington's disease.

Donovan Leitch, 69, is best known for his 1960s hits Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, Catch The Wind, Colours and Universal Soldier. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame last year. See the track and artist list for the tribute album here.

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Bullet For My Valentine's Padge Didn't Understand Move On Temper

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine guitarist Michael 'Padge' Paget has got over the hurt he felt when he was frozen out of writing and recording sessions for fourth album Temper Temper.

And the disagreements that led to the division are behind them as they gear up for the launch of follow-up Venom. Frontman Matt Tuck and drummer Michael 'Moose' Thomas flew to Thailand to create the 2013 album, leaving Padge and then-bassist Jason 'Jay' James behind.

Padge tells Metal Hammer's Merlin Alderslade: "It really pissed me off, to be honest. Being told over email that you're not going to record an album with your band. I'm sure it would piss anyone off. I was f***ing confused, hurt - and I just didn't understand it."

Temper Temper received a lukewarm reception when it was released. Padge says: "Do I think it was for the best in the long run? No, I don't, because our momentum kind of levelled off."

Moose reveals he had his own misgivings. "I wasn't in the right frame of mind to be writing and recording an album," says the drummer. "Me and Matt were getting on, but I felt bad for Padge and Jay." Read more here.

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Sevendust Announce New Album and Stream First Track

Sevendust have announced that they will be releasing their 11th studio album, entitled "Kill The Flaw", on October 2nd and they are giving fans their first taste of the effort with an online stream of the track "Thank You".

Frontman Lajon Witherspoon had the following to say about the album, "We took some time off from the heavy side of Sevendust and when it came time to record some new music; Clint, John, Vinnie, Morgan and I put everything we had in to what became Kill The Flaw.

"We love this new music and we can't wait to share it with our amazing Sevendust family! God bless y'all!!!" Fans can stream the opening track and first single "Thank You" here.

The band has already lineup up a number of tour dates this fall including a run of dates with Godsmack, a one-off with Breaking Benjamin and appearances at the Aftershock Festival and the Food Truck & Rock Carnival. They expect to announce additional dates soon.
See the tour dates and the album tracklist here.

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Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare 2015 Announced

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is returning to Chicago this fall. Following a 2014 appearance in the city, the event returns to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25-November 1.

"I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year," says Zombie. "After last year's overwhelming response we've decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It's more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun."

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare 2015 will feature three attractions based on Zombie's own horror films: "Captain Spaulding's Clown School In 3D", "The Devil's Rejects" and "31." Read more here.

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Don Broco Consciously Changed Direction For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Don Broco frontman Rob Damiani says they made a conscious effort to make second album Automatic sound different to their 2012 debut Priorities. And he says the work they put into the record will set them apart from the crowd when it's released on August 7 via Epic.

Damiani tells the Belfast Telegraph: "In not wanting to tread any musical ground we'd already covered on previous releases, we focused on what we believe makes us stand out among the millions of other rock bands around.

"We wanted to bring those influences to the forefront. There are a lot more electronics and keys on this record, and we definitely enjoyed experimenting with the layers and sounds they brought to the table." Read more here.

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Slade Releasing Box Set Of Early 1970s Material

(Classic Rock) A multi-format box set featuring Slade's early to mid-70s material is to be released on October 16 via Salvo Music. When Slade Rocked The World: 1971-1975 features vinyl editions of Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed And Blue and Slade In Flame.

In addition, the package comes bundled with four double-sided singles, an interview flexidisc and two CDs containing material from the four vinyl releases.

Also included is a 10-inch hardback book featuring reviews, features and memorabilia, along with a copy of George Tremlett's 1975 book The Slade Story.

The deluxe set is available to pre-order via PledgeMusic, although it's not open to those living in North America or Japan due to licensing restrictions. Two packages are available to pre-order, including a limited-edition pack which comes with a set of eight Slade In Flame cards. Read more here.

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Ghost Announce First Leg Of European Tour

(Classic Rock) Ghost have confirmed the first part of a European tour that takes place in November and December. More dates are to be added for the road trip in support of third album Meliora. They'll follow the band's appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals next month.

Ghost recently unveiled third frontman Papa Emeritus III, said to be the three-month-younger brother of predecessor Emeritus II. One of the outfit's Nameless Ghouls last week spoke of their delight at having had the "BC" suffix removed from the band name in North American territories.

Meliora is released on August 21 via Spinefarm Records. Ghost are featured in the current edition of Classic Rock, on sale now. See the announced first leg tour dates here.

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Third Eye Blind Announce Tour Dates and Release New Video

(Classic Rock) Third Eye Blind have announced a small European tour to support fifth album Dopamine. It's already out in the US and will be released in the UK on October 23 via the band's own Mega Collider Records label.

The tour includes dates in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. The album is said to contain "signature guitar riffs and rock arrangements" and is their first studio outing since 2009's Ursa Major.

Vocalist and guitarist Stephan Jenkins, drummer Brad Hargreaves, guitarist Kryz Reid, bassist Alex LeCavalier and keyboardist Alex Kopp have released a video of album opener Everything Is Easy. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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HIM Reveal New Member During Surprise Appearance

(TeamRock Radio) HIM unveiled new drummer Jukka 'Kosmo' Kroger during a surprise performance over the weekend. Their set at the Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland, had been billed as a show by mainman Ville Valo's solo project Rambo Rimbaud.

Instead it was a full band appearance - with Kroger in place of Gas Lipstick, who left amicably in January. Following the performance HIM posted, "And then there were five! Welcome Kosmo!"

Lipstick's departure took the band by surprise. They'd originally said they were "shellshocked yet determined" and were considering "ways to imitate the sound of drums with machines." See the band's post here.

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Mallory Knox Making New Album Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Mallory Knox will begin work on their third album as soon as their current touring commitments are complete, says vocalist Mikey Chapman. They're currently on the Vans Warped trek across the US, to be followed by a run of UK dates. But after that they'll set their sights on writing and recording the follow-up to last year's Asymmetry.

Chapman tells MusicRemedy: "We're really going to start pushing towards writing album number three. There's nothing in the plotline as of yet - but we're excited to get that ball rolling."

He believes they'll stick to their previous writing process. "It's all about us, in a selfish kind of way. There's never a time we'd write a song we didn't like because other people like it." Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Asked By Fan If Courtney Love Killed Kurt Cobain

(Radio.com) The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan reportedly got into a heated exchange with a fan during a Q&A session after the fan asked him if he believed the conspiracy theory that Courtney Love killed Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

Radio.com reports Corgan, who dated Love before she married Cobain, became the latest refuter of this theory when during a VIP Q&A session a fan asked whether he believed that Love killed Cobain.

"Are you legitimately asking me this question here?" Corgan responded. 'If you care to answer it," the fan shouted back. Corgan then responded, "No I don't care to answer because I think it's... what does that have to do with me?" Read more here.

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Joe Satriani Releases 'Shockwave Supernova' Video

(hennemusic) Joe Satriani has released a video for the title track to his newly-released album, "Shockwave Supernova" and he also released a behind the scenes clip where he discusses the track.

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

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

Satriani named "Shockwave Supernova" after his alter ago, one that he steps into for live performances. He will launch The Shockwave Tour in Nantes, France on September 17. Watch the new video and check out the behind the scenes clip here.

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Fightstar Stream First Song From Comeback Album

(TeamRock Radio) Fightstar have released a stream of their track Animal - the first to be issued from comeback album Behind The Devil's Back. They announced last week that their first album since 2009's Be Human will be launched on October 2.

Frontman Charlie Simpson said: "Since we had been away so long, once we were in the studio the ideas flew thick and fast and the album took shape very organically.

"It's a true collaborative effort between all four of us - it shows our chemistry is still as sharp as ever." Fightstar play nine dates across the UK in October to support the release. Stream the new track here.

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