Day in Rock Report for 07/30/2015

Scott Weiland Cancels Upcoming Tour

(Classic Rock) Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts have cancelled their upcoming UK and European tour. But their gig at London's The Garage on September 3 will go ahead as planned.

The run of shows had been due to take place across September and October to support the release of their debut album Blaster. A statement reads: "Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly.

"But as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome, and ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve." Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Discusses Lost Velvet Revolver Tapes

(Classic Rock) Corey Taylor says he's "fine" about his work with Velvet Revolver being lost for ever - even though he thought some of it was "pretty sweet." He's confirmed that he wrote three songs with Slash and co while they considered him as Scott Weiland's replacement, following an acrimonious split in 2008.

And the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says he recorded nearly an album's worth of material before Slash decided he wasn't the right man for the job.

Taylor tells Loudwire: "I think it was 10 songs, nine or 10. There was a handful that we wrote and a handful that I rearranged based on music they already had. I think there was three songs that we wrote together, which were actually pretty sweet."

He adds: "The world will probably never hear them - which is fine. I would want another crack at working on some of that stuff, but that will never happen. It's all good." Find out why Slash wasn't sold on the idea of Corey taking over vocals here.

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Jimmy Page Hopes To Release XYZ Recordings With Chris Squire

(Classic Rock) Jimmy Page hopes to release the recordings he made with late Yes bassist Chris Squire in 1981, he's revealed. They formed XYZ with Yes drummer Alan White, naming the project by abbreviating "Ex-Yes and Zeppelin" because all three were no longer with the bands that had made their names.

Work was abandoned after they failed to secure a suitable singer, although demo material has circulated and some of the music later appeared on the reformed Yes' 1983 album 90125. Squire died last month, aged 67.

Asked about releasing the recordings, Page tells Radio.com: "Absolutely, but I haven't worked on it. It's something I wanted to do after all the Led Zeppelin stuff was out.

"I wanted to contact Chris and Alan. The music was really good - it's the first thing I did after we lost John Bonham. I had a studio at the time and they wanted to get together. I thought it was like laying down the gauntlet: 'I'm not curling up under a rock and hiding.'" Read more here.

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The Gaslight Anthem Going On Hiatus After August Tour

The Gaslight Anthem announced on Wednesday that they will be putting the band on hiatus to focus on individual projects. The break will begin after the band complete their upcoming European tour.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on August 14th in Budapest at the Sziget Festival and will conclude with an appearance at this year's Reading Festival in the UK on August 30th.

The band did not indication how long the break would last. Here is the message that they posted on their Facebook page "We wanted to let everyone know that we'll all be taking a break from The Gaslight Anthem after this next European tour in August. We're all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we'd like to step away from the band until we decide what we'd like to do next.

"We'd like to recharge and take a step back until we have something we feel excited about rather than going right back to making a record just for the sake of making the next record. We all feel this is the best decision we can make and it feels like the right one for us.

"Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our band for the last eight years and we'll see you down the road!"

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Allman Brothers' Mother Geraldine Dead At 98

(The Blues Geraldine Allman, the mother of Gregg and Duane of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 98. Gregg Allman confirmed the news via his website, describing her as a huge supporter of her sons' musical careers.

Known as Jerry to her friends, she'd brought them up after her husband died suddenly in 1950, just five years after they'd married. Granddaughter Galadrielle Allman's says via Gregg's site: "Jerry had a motto taken from a poem by Sam Walter Floss: 'Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.' The modest beauty of this wish was typical of Jerry.

"She had a natural ability to live in the moment and celebrate the simple pleasures of life. Her door was always open to her many friends and she often had a full house. She took great pleasure in flowers and gardening.

"Her hands were always busy with handwork, crocheting and knitting beautiful things. She was a wonderful cook, and collected cook books and recipes. She loved the ocean and walking on the beach by her home." Read more here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Release 'The Key' Video

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime - the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate - have launched a video for their track The Key. It's the first single from debut album The Key, set for release on September 18 via Frontiers Music.

Tate's joined in the work by guests including Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Disturbed counterpart John Moyer, plus drummers Simon Wright, Brian Tichy and Scott Mercado.

The mainman says of his three-album plot: "Each song is a scene or chapter. The words tell the story, the musical bed, the chord progressions and melodies, they set the pace. That's how I envisioned this album in total - very theatrical and definitely cinematic." Watch the video here.

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Jimmy Page Looks At Led Zeppelin's Final Years In The Studio

(ITS) The latest episode of the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands concludes its conversations with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page with a revealing look at the final years of Led Zeppelin. The show sent over these details:

For over a decade Led Zeppelin soared above the Rock'n'Roll world, setting course with their groundbreaking 1969 debut, then trailblazing through the Seventies selling millions of albums and concert tickets. But it was this very demand for more… larger crowds, longer tours… which would vie for focus from these four still rather young men trying, in some cases, to start a family or deal with fame and fortune. Factor into this heady brew the fate of the unknown and unforeseen, and you get legendary creative highs and the most tragic losses and lows. That's what you have with what turned out to be the final Led Zeppelin studio albums Presence in 1976, the timeless In Through The Out Door in 1979, and the post-original collection of rarities called Coda.

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks at length to band founder/ guitarist/ producer Jimmy Page about his comprehensive overhaul of the Led Zeppelin catalog which now has given fans the most authoritative look at the band's illustrious career. In Through The Out Door is played every day on US radio, but as the studio album which preceded drummer John Bonham's death, Jimmy Page assures us that it was never meant to be Led Zeppelin's last.

"Of course it wasn't. There'd have been another album after that. I know John Bonham and I had discussed that. And if you want to have an idea about what way that would go, well then just listen to "Bonzo's Montreux" and see where he's given a good hand to be able to do drum orchestra and really enjoy himself. He used to like to get into things where he could really get in and groove... We probably would have gone in that direction, but it's hard to tell …." - Jimmy Page

Stream the episode here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Says The Grammys Are Clueless About Metal

(Classic Rock) Kerry King says Slayer's Grammy Awards were only good for one thing - showing them to his parents. The band have won two of the coveted awards, both for tracks from 2006 album Christ Illusion. Eyes Of The Insane brought them a gong in 2007 and Final Six secured a second the following year.

King tells Unrated: "No one involved with the Grammys has any idea about metal, let alone hard rock. The first time a Grammy was awarded to a metal band was Jethro Tull. Are you serious? Last year, Tenacious D - they're a f***ing joke band."

He continues: "When we won ours I think it was probably cool for my parents, because they understand what a Grammy is. They don't understand the bullsh*t involved with it, but to be able to come home with that big-ass heavy award and show it to my parents, that was important to me." Read more here.

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Clutch Release X-Ray Visions Video, Announce Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Clutch have released the music video for "X-Ray Visions", the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Psychic Warfare." Due October 2, the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Rocker" will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label.

Clutch recorded the project at their own studio as well as producer Machine's place in Dripping Springs, Texas. "The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track, 'X-Ray Visions," says singer Neil Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia."

Clutch have also announced new US tour dates for the fall that will see the band joined by special guests Corrosion Of Conformity (COC) and The Shrine for shows starting October in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 3.

Prior to the tour's launch, Clutch will play select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus. The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of The Missing Link Tour which features full sets by both Clutch and Mastodon. See the dates and watch the new video here.

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Fans Comes To Slaves (US) Rescue After Warped Tour Ousting

(TeamRock Radio) Fans of Slaves (US) have stepped in to clear the band's debt after the group were voted off the Vans Warped Tour. And as a result, Jonny Craig and co say the dismissal was one of the best things that's ever happened to them.

The Californian outfit were left $29,000 out of pocket after losing their slot at the US event, adding to their woes after guitarist Alex Lyman was stabbed in an unprovoked attack last month.

Slaves say: "We were so sure that this band was over and we leaked a song on the CD that meant a lot to us. We put all our merch up to cover what we could of our debt and bow out.

"Little did we know that less than 48 hours later we - or better yet, our fans - would generate enough money to pull us completely out of debt." They continue: "Getting voted off Vans Warped Tour is the best thing to ever happen. It was more of a reminder than a punishment." Read more here.

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Gene Simmons Explains What Turned Him Onto The Beatles

(Classic Rock) Gene Simmons says he liked the Beatles as a teenager because his mother didn't approve of their looks. The Beatles' 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show turned out to be a defining experience for Simmons, who recounted the event in his 2001 book Kiss And Make-Up.

Simmons tells Bass Guitar Magazine: "I remember thinking, 'They look weird.' They were very small people by American standards, and they looked feminine.

"They didn't look Italian or Jewish or Greek or black. They didn't even look like hoodlums. I started to think they were cool because my mother thought they looked silly. They looked like what they sounded like." Read more here.

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Red Dragon Cartel's Latest Singer Not Sure If He Will Last

(Classic Rock) Red Dragon Cartel's fifth singer in a year, Shawn Crosby, admits he's not sure whether he'll land the role permanently. Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E Lee has struggled with securing a lineup, with five vocalists having fronted the band over the past four months.

Crosby, formerly of Jones Street, tells Rock N Roll Experience: "I thought I was retiring - I was in LA for 30 years and I moved back to my home town in Virginia.

"Anthony Esposito, the bass player, called me up and said they needed somebody quick. I'd opened a skate shop, but I closed it up and came out on tour, and I've been on tour since."

Asked whether he's a permanent fixture, he replies: "I don't know - we'll see. They say 'fifth time's the charm.'" He's hoping his connection with the late Ray Gillen, Lee's colleague in 90s outfit Badlands, will help. "I was really good friends with Ray," says Crosby. Read more here.

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Radiohead Surprise Favorite For New James Bond Theme

(Classic Rock) Radiohead have become sudden UK bookies' favorites to write the theme song for upcoming James Bond movie Spectre. Betting has been suspended after an unidentified fan tried to put £15,000 on Thom Yorke and co creating the title track for the film, set for release later this year. The odds were 10/1 before the books were closed.

A spokesman for bookies William Hill tells the Guardian: "There seem to be all kinds of rumors and the plot has had more twists and turns than a classic Bond tale.

"The first gamble of the day was Ellie Goulding and punters were backing her as if she already had the gig. Just as we were thinking of pulling the plug, we had a load of bets for Radiohead. But surely nobody risks £15,000 on a hunch." Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Documentary Coming To DVD

(Prog) Steve Hackett is the subject of an upcoming documentary DVD, which looks back over his entire career. In Steve Hackett - The Man, The Music he talks about his time in Genesis and GTR alongside his solo years.

The highs and lows of his path through prog are illustrated with interviews shot over a number of years. The feature also includes interviews with Steven Wilson, the late Chris Squire and producer Roger King, plus performance clips.

And Hackett offers an insight into his working process via exclusive studio session footage. The DVD will be launched in September via Wienerworld. Read more here.

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Frank Turner Streaming New Song 'Mittens'

(TeamRock Radio) Frank Turner has issued a lyric video for his track Mittens. It's taken from his sixth album Positive Songs For Negative People which is set for release on August 7.

It's available to pre-order, with those buying ahead of launch getting instant access to the new track along with Get Better and The Next Storm. He recently revealed he laughed off his label's suggestion of a collaboration with Taylor Swift, calling it a "f***ing rubbish idea."

Turner's been on tour across Europe and will play at next month's Reading and Leeds festivals. He'll then head to North America for a run of dates before returning to the UK in November. Check out the song here.

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Haken Spoof Yes In Cruise To The Edge Announcement Video

(Prog) Haken have confirmed their addition to this year's Cruise To The Edge via a light-hearted video. Guitarist Charlie Griffiths makes the announcement while being overlaid on some of prog's most famous works of album art.

The London quartet - who performed at last weekend's inaugural Ramblin' Man Fair - join hosts Yes, Marillion, the Neal Morse Band, Anathema, Spock's Beard and others.

Griffiths had the following to say: "It's going to be a huge honor for us to play alongside all these legendary bands, so we hope to see you there for all the proggy fun."

Morse and Mike Portnoy last week confirmed they'd be playing a tribute set to late Yes bassist Chris Squire. The cruise takes place aboard the Norwegian Pearl on the Caribbean from November 15 to 19. Watch the video here.

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Caligula's Horse Announce New Album 'Bloom'

(Prog) Caligula's Horse have confirmed their third album, Bloom, will be released later this year. The follow-up to 2013's The Tide, The Thief & River's End will be released across Europe on October 16 and in the US on October 30 via InsideOut.

Frontman Jim Grey says: "Bloom is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow. It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."

The Australian outfit have also announced an extensive tour starting in their homeland, where they'll perform alongside TesseracT. They head to Europe later, with four dates in the UK at the end of November. Watch the new album trailer here.

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Deafheaven Announce New Album and Release Preview Video

(TeamRock Radio) Deafheaven have confirmed they'll release their third album on October 2. New Bermuda will be issued via Anti- Records after recently signing a deal with the label. It's the follow-up to 2013's Sunbather.

Joining vocalist George Clarke, guitarist Kerry McCoy and drummer Daniel Tracy on the album, which is said to continue their blend of "black metal, shoegaze and post-rock" are bassist Stephen Lee Clarke and second guitarist Shiv Mehra,

In addition, they'll play two shows in the UK next month: Bristol's ArcTanGent on August 22 and London's Scala on August 24. They've released a teaser to announce the release. View it here.

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Led Zeppelin Release Video For Coda Deluxe Reissue

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have issued a teaser trailer to support the release of the deluxe edition of 1982's Coda. It'll be launched alongside Presence and In Through The Out Door on July 31 - and marks the final installment in the band's reissues series.

Mastermind Jimmy Page recently told Classic Rock: "It was a very difficult album to approach. We'd lost John Bonham in 1980, but even when I came to do Coda, it still felt tough. It was a contractual album. We had to do it.

"It had to have credibility because it could have been quite unpalatable otherwise. It helped that we had Darlene, Ozone Baby and Wearing And Tearing from the Polar Sessions - and only John and I knew about Bonzo's Montreaux." Watch the video here.

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The Darkness Showcase Fans With Last Of Our Kind Video

(hennemusic) The Darkness are premiering a video for the title track to their latest album, "Last Of Our Kind." The song features contributions from more than 500 fans, of which 15 were asked to come to the video shoot and get "freaky on camera."

The resulting black-and-white video sees the group joined by hardcore fans rocking out to the tune while fist-pumping, air guitaring and more. "Where would we be without our fans?," says singer Justin Hawkins. "Well, we wouldn't have a video for a start. Or at least, we wouldn't have a video with quite so many brilliant people in it. I'm so proud of them, they never disappoint us"

The Darkness have been performing a UK and European festivals this summer and recently announced dates for a fall tour of North America. The month-long run opens in Pomona, CA on October 10 and wraps up at the House Of Blues in Boston on November 1.

The trek will include the group's newest addition, drummer Rufus Taylor - the son of Queen legend Roger Taylor. Watch the video here.

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