Day in Rock Report for 07/31/2015

Metallica and Paul McCartney's Lollapalooza Sets To Stream Online

(Radio.com) Metallica and Paul McCartney are just some of the artists scheduled to be live streamed from Lollapalooza, as the massive festival is live streamed all weekend via Red Bull TV.

With three channels to choose from, fans can navigate between live performances, artist interviews and interactive segments with hosts Sal Masekela, Ted Stryker and Julie Garcia.

Live from the Downtown Chicago's historic Grant Park, the festival will stream daily from 3-11pm ET (12-8pm PT) with encore performances airing overnight.

The live stream begins Friday afternoon with performances by Glass Animals, James Bay and Destructo, wrapping up with headliners, The Weeknd, Kaskade and Gary Clarke Jr. Read more and find the stream link here.

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Yellowcard's Josh Portman Has Tumor Surgery

(TeamRock Radio) Yellowcard bassist Josh Portman is recovering from successful surgery to remove a tumor, he's confirmed. He'd been suffering ill effects for some time before the growth near his heart was dealt with.

He reported earlier this week: "I'm undergoing an operation to hopefully get rid of this thing once and for all. Looking forward to finally feeling good for the first time in many, many years."

Now Portman says: "Been an intense, excruciating few days - but they successfully removed my tumor! Thank you for all the love, prayers and well-wishes!" Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Fans Have 'Clues' To Bumblefoot's Status In Band

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal still won't officially confirm or deny whether he has left Guns N' Roses - but he says his previous comments make his position clear.

He's been fielding questions about his status in Axl Rose's outfit since the beginning of the year, describing his position as "awkward" and adding that he was "taking a bullet" in not answering directly. He later explained he'd never settled in the band.
Fellow guitarist DJ Ashba announced he'd quit the band this week in order to concentrate on his work with Sixx:A.M. Asked to clarify his position, Bumblefoot tells Gary Graff (via Blabbermouth): "That is the thing I am not to elaborate on - I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to."

He adds: "Everything I'm doing has a future and a bigger plan. The solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things - these are all the things I love that I've really missed.

"I'm very happy putting my time back into that. It's really what I should be doing." Read more here.

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Anthrax Brings The Noise With Chuck D At Hollywood HOB

(hennemusic) Rap star Chuck D joined Anthrax on stage when they performed the final metal show at the Sunset Strip's House Of Blues on Wednesday. The venue will officially close on August 7 to make way for a new hotel/housing/retail complex. Video from the show has been posted online.

"Hello my friends!," posted guitarist Scott Ian on Thursday. "I am recovering from a severe case of Metalneck after last night's incredible show at House Of Blues Hollywood! What a way to shut it down!!!

"It was a blistering 2 hours and you guys and gals never let up for a second. Opening with 3 in a row from Spreading The Disease ripped, A.I.R., the much requested Lone Justice (you all know who you are) and Madhouse really set the pace for the evening all the way until Chuck D joined us on a category 5 hurricane version of Bring The Noise. Chuck is a force of nature and when he opens his mouth it's like Black Bolt unleashing a shockwave but with lyrics.

"Seriously, House Of Blues was shaking at its foundation. What a night. Thank you LA and thank you House Of Blues! OK, back to work on the new record." Read more and see videos from the show here.

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Iron Maiden Preview New Album The Book Of Souls

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden are sharing the first preview of new music from their forthcoming double album, "The Book Of Souls." Due September 4, the project was produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014.

Plans to release the record were delayed so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson - who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour - would have time to recuperate and assist in the preparations for the album's launch.

"We're really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it," says Dickinson. "We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us.

"We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!"

"The Book Of Souls" will be available in a 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition, 2CD standard edition, Triple heavyweight black vinyl, High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes) and Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz). Check out the preview clip here.

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Motorhead Streaming New Song 'Electricity'

(hennemusic) Motorhead have released a lyric video for "Electricity", a track from their upcoming album "Bad Magic." Due August 28, the follow-up to 2013's "Aftershock" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.

The set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil."

"Electricity" follows the lead single, "Thunder & Lightning." Motorhead are playing shows across Europe this summer, after which they'll kick off a North American tour with Anthrax in mid-August. Check out the new song here.

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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Reveals His Greatest Accomplishment

(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has described 1996 solo album Victor as the "greatest accomplishment" in his career. He says working outside of the Canadian trio forced him to take responsibility for every aspect of the work - and completing it felt all the sweeter as a result.

Lifeson tells Spin: "Everything was on my back. I produced it, I wrote it, I got musicians together, I played bass, I played guitar, I played keyboards, I worked on the cover art. I did the whole thing.

"That was probably my greatest accomplishment in personal terms of being a musician and taking on the responsibility of making a record - which we all share within Rush, with the producer, the three of us and our office."

He continues: "It didn't matter to me if I sold one copy or a billion. I did it. I put the time and effort in, and that was a very proud moment for me when I finished that record." Read more here.

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U2 Have Two TV Specials Coming Soon

(Radio.com) U2 have had plenty of film experience, with their own projects and writing and recording songs for movies. But they've yet to have their own HBO Special. Soon, however, that will be rectified.

The band is getting not one but two programs on the network this fall. Directed and produced by Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud), the first project is a behind-the-scenes documentary that consists of interviews with band and crew members around their the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour.

The second HBO special revolves around the final stop on that tour in Paris at Bercy. Airing November 14, the film is directed by Hamish Hamilton. Read more here.

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Between The Buried And Me Drummer Apologizes For Stage Walk Off

(Prog) Between The Buried And Me drummer Blake Richardson has apologised after he walked off stage during the band's set in Salt Lake City on Monday night.

They're on tour supporting latest release Coma Ecliptic - which gave them their highest-ever chart placement when it launched last month. Richardson says: "I've been battling with a nerve issue in my left leg this entire tour. The pain in my leg, coupled with a night full of technical difficulties, caused me to lash out in frustration towards the end of the set.

"It was inappropriate, unprofessional, and extremely regrettable. In my 11 years of touring I have never acted in that manner. I hope that those who were in attendance can forgive my actions." Read more here.

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Previously Unheard Kurt Cobain Song Added To Movie Reissue

(hennemusic) A previously unheard demo by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has been added to the theatrical re-release of director Brett Morgen's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck."

Billboard reports the film's return to theaters on August 7 will see the soundtrack include the untitled song, which features Cobain singing in a falsetto.

The period of the demo's recording is unknown because it was pulled from an unmarked cassette, but Morgen says there's some evidence that Cobain recorded it in 1991 because it appears on a tape "on which he was also working on 'Old Age,'" which was written during the "Nevermind" sessions.

Morgen says he inserted the new song without altering the cut of the movie that played on HBO, which has since been nominated for seven Emmys.

He declined to divulge where the track appears "because I don't want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones." Read more and check out the trailer here.

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Deftones Won't Play New Songs On Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones frontman Chino Moreno insists that band won't be playing any of their new tracks on their current co-headline tour with Incubus and explained why in a new interview.

Work on the band's as-yet-untitled eighth album is nearing completion - but the singer would rather fans heard the record first before playing the songs live.

Moreno tells The Pulse Of Radio: "We talked about it. But by the time people hear the real recorded version, a live version recorded on someone's phone will be people's first idea of what our new record sounds like.

"It's hard because we're sitting on all this material that we're really excited about and really want to play." Read more here.

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Soilwork's The Ride Majestic Created Amid Tragedy

(TeamRock Radio) Soilwork mainman Bjorn 'Speed' Strid says The Ride Majestic was created amid tragedy within the band. The album is set for release on August 28 via Nuclear Blast and follows 2013's The Living Infinite.

And in the first in a documentary series about the recording process, the singer reveals how difficult it was to create their 10th album. He says: "By the time we entered the studio in Stockholm in January, a member of the band had two deaths in his family, and another had a parent hospitalised with serious conditions."

A couple of weeks into recording Strid says he received a call from home telling him his grandmother didn't have long to live. He adds: "She was one of my best friends and always fell asleep to Soilwork. I decided to leave the studio and travel six hours south to say goodbye. It was one of my hardest journeys."

He continues: "Naturally, all of those tragic events had a huge impact on this record and the way we approached it. Death was more real than ever and we all channeled it into this record." Watch the video here.

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Chris Broderick Explains Why He Left Megadeth

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Chris Broderick says he left Megadeth because he didn't want to make another record without having any creative input. He and Shawn Drover quit Dave Mustaine's band within hours of each other last year, with the drummer saying this week that there'd been nothing negative about the move.

The pair went on to form Act Of Defiance with Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek and Matt Bachand of Shadow's Fall. Their debut album Birth And The Burial is released on August 21.

"The decision was a long time in the making," Broderick tells Guitar World. Being in Megadeth was great for my career, but I wanted to have some creative freedom and some freedom in how I presented myself."

Later in the interview he explained when he made the decision to leave, "Not until the last quarter of 2014. I was dwelling on my lack of musical creativity in the band. Dave was getting ready to go in and do another CD and my heart just wasn't in it because I knew I wasn't going to have any artistic say in the definition of the album and the music.

"He was calling saying, 'Hey, I want to get you guys down there.' The last thing I wanted to do was go down there and work on a partial CD and then say, 'Hey, this isn't for me.' It was just the right time to leave." Read more here.

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Def Leppard's Phil Collen Reveals What Inspired Delta Deep Project

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed his Delta Deep blues project took form when he heard a Wilson Pickett track in a tea shop. The side-project features vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook, drummer Forrest Robinson and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with guest spots from David Coverdale and Joe Elliott, plus lyrics co-written by Collen's wife Helen.

He tells Glide Magazine: "Me, Helen [Collen's wife] and Debbi - were in New Zealand having a break and we were in a tea store and a Wilson Pickett song came on the radio and it just inspired something else, just the vibe of it. So we went back and wrote 'Miss Me,' which was the first song we actually got together on. And all of a sudden we've got this sound and we started writing more.

"Then I played it for Forrest Robinson, the drummer, who I hadn't seen for a while. I hadn't seen him for ten years. He used to play with India.Arie, TLC, Sade, done a lot of hip hop stuff but also Jazz stuff. He was in the Crusaders for a while, which is phenomenal. But he wants to play rock and that's all he really ever wanted to do. So I played him this stuff and he said, 'Oh my God, I've got to play on this.' Then Robert DeLeo - a friend of mine kind of introduced us and said, 'You know, Robert is a huge fan of funk and blues and soul, gospel, rock and the whole deal.' Then we just clicked and then me, Helen and Debbi just kept writing songs." Read more here.

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Janis Joplin Documentary Premiere Announced

(Classic Rock) A documentary movie about Janis Joplin is to receive its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Janis, directed by Amy Berg, was chosen from among other contenders to appear at the 72nd annual event.

It features vocal performances by Cat Power, who voices Joplin's personal letters alongside footage from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970 - the year she died.

The soundtrack features her songs Piece Of My Heart, Summertime and Cry Baby, among others. Berg, known for West Of Memphis, her acclaimed movie about the West Memphis Three miscarriage of justice, says: "After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I'm ecstatic that it's finally to be seen." Read more here.

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Fearless Vampire Killers Streaming New Song 'Braindead'

(TeamRock Radio) Fearless Vampire Killers have released a lyric video for their latest track titled Braindead. It'll appear with the song Danger on a double A-side single which is set to be released on August 21.

The band will headline their Havoc Fest event at London's The Dome and Boston Music Room on August 9. Joining them on the bill are Glamour Of The Kill, Forever Never, ZOAX and more.

Frontman Kier Kemp said: "Sometimes it feels like the sense of community within rock music has been lost a little, so being given the chance to put together our own bill is pretty exciting." Check out the new song here.

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Former The Haunted Frontman Explains Why He Quit Music

(TeamRock Radio) Former The Haunted frontman Peter Dolving has blamed the current state of the music industry as the reason he's bowed out. He argues that the business could be an "amazing thing" and a positive force - but instead it's a mess.

He quit The Haunted for the second time in 2012 and went on to release a solo album, Thieves And Liars, in 2013 before joining IAmFire, who issued the Eyes Wide Open EP earlier this year. He left that band in April and moved to Brazil.

Dolving says: "Most have accepted that I am not actively pursuing a career in music anymore." He continues: "People who work in music just donīt get marketing. What I have come to see is that 'the music business' - one that could really be an amazing thing, with potential for true positive influence in society, is a mess.

"It should be a based in basic cultural contextual facts that make it beautiful. But instead I found disgust, unwillingness and ignorance. Narcissists, and even psychopaths in far too many positions of power. People who don't have abstract conceptual understanding, and the necessary skill sets to act in way that is good for the companies they run or work for." Read his full comments here.

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Metal Supergroup Killer Be Killed Recruit Converge's Ben Koller

(TeamRock Radio) Max Cavalera has confirmed Converge drummer Ben Koller as a permanent member of supergroup Killer Be Killed. He joins The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato and Mastodon's Troy Sanders in the lineup, replacing ex The Mars Volta sticksman Dave Elitch, who recorded with the band last year.

Cavalera tells WallOfSound: "We introduced Ben at Soundwave Festival and asked him to be part of the group. He's such a great drummer and musician."

He adds of plans to record a second album: "I'm not writing yet - I don't write on the road. I've got some ideas, though. We're going to make a kick-ass record." Read more here.

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Frank Zappa's Family Inks Universal Licensing Deal

(Classic Rock) Frank Zappa's family have announced they've reached a licensing agreement with Universal Music Enterprises. The deal gives UME the rights to new products, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing, while a long-term global contract covers Zappa's entire back catalogue.

The first product under the agreement will be a remastered edition of Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention's 1974 album One Size Fits All, out on 180g vinyl on August 14.

Other planned upcoming releases include Joe's Garage: The Musical, the release of The Roxy Movie, and an orchestral performance of 200 Motels. Read more here.

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Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra Announces Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra has announced he'll release his album Dying To Live on October 16 via Frontiers Music and he has released a video EPK for the album.

It'll be launched under the Joel Hoeckstra's 13 banner and features guest appearances from vocalists Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Vinny Appice and keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

The former Night Ranger man says: "Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock.

"That's when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13." Watch the video here.

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Zombi Announce Their First Album In Four Years, Stream New Song

(Prog) Zombi have announced that they will be releasing their first album in four years on October 16. They've issued a stream of album opener Pillars Of The Dawn.

Shape Shift is Steve Moore and AE Paterra's first full-length studio outing since 2011's Escape Velocity and will be issued via Relapse Records. It's available to pre-order now.

Moore says: "It's a rock record - think of it as a follow-up to Surface To Air. There are no techno jams or symphonic prog fantasies. No solo track interludes. We have officially moved from 'studio project' mode back into 'live band' mode."

Hear the new song here.

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Trivium Release 'Silence In The Snow' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium have returned with a brand new video for Silence In The Snow, the title track to their new album which will be released on October 2nd via Roadrunner Records.

Trivium have been posting various skull-filled cryptic tweets over the past week and snow.trivium.org has set the rumor mill in motion with its eerie sound and skeletal face hidden in the snow.

And now the Bloodstock headliners have finally unleashed the new video and title track from the new album. Watch the new "Silence In The Snow" video here.

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1000 Foo Fighters Fans Perform Learn To Fly

(hennemusic) 1000 Foo Fighters fans teamed up to perform the band's 1999 hit, "Learn To Fly", in Cesena, Italy on July 26 in hopes of convincing the group to play a show in their city.

"The Foo Fighters are not in Romagna since 1997, it's time to get them back, but we need a crazy idea,"reads the description on Rockin' 1000's website. "We have to organize something that kicks ass worldwide and can be seen by Dave Grohl: We will ask one thousand rockers to play one of their songs, all together and at the same time."

Rockin' 1000 creator, Fabio Zaffagnini, was thrilled with the event as he made a plea to the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena. "Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it's a land of passion and creativity," he said. "What we did here is a huge, huge miracle. I've been working on this project for a year waking up every morning thinking about how to make it real.

"One thousand rockers that came from all over the nation at their own expense, and they just did one song - your song. So our call is to ask you, the Foo Fighters, to come and play for us." Read more and check out video here.

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Miss May I Release 'Deathless' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Miss May I have released a video for Deathless - the title track from their fifth album. It's set for release on August 7 via Rise Records and they issued a promo for I.H.E. earlier this month

Frontman Levi Benton spoke with Billboard about the new video and provided the following background information, "We got to film in an old run-down school that had a great dark vibe.

"The story for Deathless was to show that you can dream of something greater than where you are, and a peaceful place to reach for whether or not someone holds you back." Watch the video here.

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Saxon Release Video For Title Track Of New Album 'Battering Ram'

(Classic Rock) Saxon have released a video for Battering Ram, the title track of their forthcoming album. Battering Ram is the follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice, and will be released October 16.

Like Sacrifice, the album was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire. "Andy has been in charge of everything with this album,' says singer Biff Byford. "I keep on overview of it all, but he's done a great job and we're both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership."

The song Battering Ram is about the fans who gather at the stage barriers at Saxon shows. "When I'm writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock'n'roll," says Byford. Watch the video here.

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Faith No More Release Live 'Superhero' Video

(Classic Rock) Faith No More have released a live video featuring a performance of their track Superhero. It appears on the band's comeback album Sol Invictus, released earlier this year after the band reunited in 2009.

The promo was shot in May at the Fillmore in Detroit. Bassist Billy Gould said last month of fans' response to the album: "It's a relief - it's nice seeing something that gets received so well.

"I'm kind of wondering when the shoe's gonna drop and somebody's just gonna bash the sh*t out of this. Like, it's too good, the reaction." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Russkaja's Rock and Roll Today

Today Russkaja vocalist Georgij Makazaria tells us about the song "Rock and Roll Today" from their brand new album "Peace, Love & Russian Roll" which was released today (July 31st). Here is the story:

The song "Rock and Roll Today" is probably a track with the most Punk attitude that ever existed in the world of Russkaja. Between Balkan brass and hi-speed punk rock elements - this track is the right appetizer for our album "Peace, Love & Russian Roll".

The song is about that sometimes you just need to disappear from your daily life. Go somewhere, where you can dance your problems away. Realizing on the dance floor that there is no "real" music played, you shout out: DJ, blow me away, I need my Rock'n Roll today. A tribute to the energy of real music and Rock'n Roll.

We've created the video in a cartoon style and tell the story of the fight of real music, represented by Russkaja, against plastic music. The story plays in the space and its a fight of spaceships.

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

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