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Day in Rock Report for 06/02/2015


Van Halen Inspired 'Dazed and Confused' Sequel Title

The title of the hit movie "Dazed and Confused," set in the 1970s, was inspired by a Led Zeppelin classic and we now learn that the film's "spiritual sequel", set in the 1980s, has a title inspired by a Van Halen song.

Richard Linklater's new film "Everybody Wants Some," is expected to hit theaters this fall and while not a traditional sequel to "Dazed and Confused," the synopsis bills the movie as the 'spiritual sequel' to the hit 1993 movie.

The new film jumps ahead a decade to "the world of 1980 college life" the film will show "a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood."

Linklater had the following to say in a recent interview (via Ultimate Classic Rock) "You show up at college and you're listening to Van Halen, but you go to discos to chase women, but then you end up at a punk club or a country bar because Urban Cowboy was big at that time.

"All that stuff was on the table, so it's an interesting cultural moment because they go to an art party and they're listening to Talking Heads, so it's a cultural moment where I'm like, 'Who am I?' Am I punk? Am I new wave? Am I heavy metal?'"

There is no word yet if the Van Halen classic, from their 1980 album "Women and Children First", will be in the film, but the film will reportedly feature early 80s hits from Blondie, Devo and Talking Heads.

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Stone Temple Pilots Working On New Album, Considered Name Change

(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington says the group considered a name change after their split with original frontman Scott Weiland. Bennington was brought into the band after Weiland was fired by the group in February of 2013, leading to a series of public statements and lawsuits by both parties which have reportedly now been settled.

"We did talk about maybe changing the name of the band, and just doing something new," Bennington tells A-Sides with Jon Chattman while on a spring US tour. "Honestly, my thing was like, why give up what you guys have worked so hard on? This is your legacy, you don't have to give it up just because one person didn't do things the way that everybody wanted them to go, didn't do things everybody planned. We should be able to move forward.

"I mean, where is the music coming from in the first place?," he continued. "There's no question when you hear the new music that it's Stone Temple Pilots. Why? Because it's coming from the guys who write the music. It's coming from the source. So, when the source is there, then it's still pure."

In 2013, the band released an EP with Bennington, "High Rise", which debuted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 12,000 copies.

Stone Temple Pilots have been in the studio working on their first full-length album with the Linkin Park singer. "We got about six songs done instrumentally," says Bennington. "We began on vocals right before we left for the tour so there was some scratch ideas on a few things; one track is pretty close to being done.

"We took a little break from the studio to come out here and go on the road and play some shows. It's great because I think that going back in the studio, I'll be a little more of a groove.

"I don't have a lot of consistent touring the rest of the year so there will be lots of good time to get in and finish the record before the year is over. That's the goal. We don't have a date set for the release of the album, but we have set a personal goal to try and get this thing done before the end of the year." Watch the full interview here.

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Metallica Streaming Debut Live Performance Of The Unforgiven II

(hennemusic) Metallica have released audio of the live debut of their 1997 track, "The Unforgiven II", as performed at the Rock Im Revier festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Friday.

The tune - which originally appeared on their 7th album, "Reload" - was previously played only once before - during the band's December 8, 1997 appearance on the Billboard Music Awards.

The sequel to "The Unforgiven" from 1991's self-titled album was later followed by "The Unforgiven III" on 2008's "Death Magnetic." Metallica have also made the full May 29 show from Germany available at livemetallica.com

The group will perform at Sonisphere Italy on June 2 and Rock In Vienna on June 4 before returning Stateside to headline the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas on June 6. Stream the "The Unforgiven II" performance here.

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Megadeth's Ellefson Explains Failed Rust In Peace Era Reunion

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine shouldn't be seen as the "bad guy" over the failed attempt to reunite Megadeth's Rust In Peace era lineup, says bassist David Ellefson. But he says the duo decided it would be the wrong move to bring back guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza following a series series of discussions earlier this year.

The opportunity to regroup arose following the departures of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover in 2014. Ellefson told fans at the Comicpalooza comic convention (via Blabbermouth): "Dave was completely receptive to any and all options - probably more than I've ever seen. So he definitely should not ever be painted as a bad guy that the lineup reunion did not happen.

"I said, 'Before we do anything let's get in a room with Nick,' which we did. We had a lot of laughs and it was fun. But Dave and I weren't convinced that it was the next chapter of Megadeth."

Their impression was confirmed at a meeting in January with Menza, Friedman and the band's manager. "We gave it every possible opportunity for it to work," said Ellefson. "Dave and I walked out of that meeting, 'Yeah, I don't think it's going to happen.'" Read more here.

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B.B. King Laid To Rest In Mississippi

(Classic Rock) B.B. King was buried in Indianola, Mississippi, near the place of his birth. Over 700 people attended his funeral, many unable to fit into the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Mississippi Public Broadcasting screened the full event.

Reverend Herron Wilson, who led the funeral, hailed King's example to others trying to rise out of hardship, noting: "Hands that once picked cotton would someday pick guitar strings on a national and international stage."

He was buried in the grounds of the B.B. King Museum And Delta Interpretive Centre. Meanwhile, the bluesman's son Willie has played down concerns surrounding the death. Read more and watch the video here.

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Slash Releases Video From Upcoming Live Release

(hennemusic) Slash has issued footage of "World On Fire", as a preview to the forthcoming package, "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14," which will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and as a 3LP set.

Due June 15, the set captures the guitarist and his band in concert at the famed Los Angeles venue as part of the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary celebrations and the launch of his latest album, "World On Fire."

The Roxy event was one of three dates Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to debut the record; he also rocked The Troubadour and The Whisky in the same week.

A version of the show was broadcast by DIRECTV in November. "World On Fire" is the third track issued in advance of the project's release, following "Bent To Fly" and the Guns N' Roses classic, "Nightrain." Watch the video here.

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Skid Row's Rachel Bolan Calls Out 'Haters and Trolls'

(TeamRock Radio) Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan has run out of patience with people who post negative comments about the band's latest lineup. He's been receiving mixed reactions after they replaced frontman Johnny Solinger with ex-TNT singer Tony Harnell in April, and released a version of 18 And Life featuring his vocals.

Bolan says via Facebook: "To all the haters, trolls and keyboard-banging dipsh*ts - if you don't like me or Skid Row, stay off the f***ing page. I'm sure there's something more constructive you can do with your time, like Pornhub or something. There you can satisfy yourself without being face to face with someone. That's what you do best, right?"

Harnell has expressed a similar sentiment, posting: "If you don't like the videos or other career stuff I post then don't comment on my page. Go to some other page with people like you and hate on me or whoever. At least I'm out there working and doing my best!" Read more here.

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Roger Waters The Wall Coming To Movie Theaters

(hennemusic) Roger Waters has unveiled the official poster for the upcoming "Roger Waters The Wall" worldwide cinema event screening that will be taking place on September 29 via Fathom Events.

Directed by Sean Evans and Waters, the documentary was shot in three cities during the bassist's three-year solo tour. The film will be screened alongside an exclusive interview with Waters and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason entitled "The Simple Facts."

The pair reunited in London on May 28 to mark the 50th anniversary of the band's formation with a plaque ceremony at the University of Westminster - formerly known as the Regent Street Polytechnic.

Behind the cinema event, The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue.

Waters was on hand to premiere the feature at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, where he introduced the film and participated in a Q&A session after the screening. Read more and see the poster here.

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Slayer Plan Special Metal Eagle Edition Of New Album Repentless

(Classic Rock) Slayer will launch a limited-edition version of 11th album Repentless in a Metal Eagle case, complete with exclusive bonus material. The thrash icons' first album without late guitarist Jeff Hanneman will arrive on September 11, with the special edition limited to 3000 units worldwide.

The band described it as their "heaviest release ever - literally" because it weighs seven pounds and measures 15 inches long, 17 inches high and three inches deep.

Guitairst Kerry King recently outlined details of the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood, saying of the title track: "I call Repentless the Hannemanthem - I wrote that for Jeff." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen's Jam With The Who Goes Online

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen jammed a pair of songs with The Who at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at New York's Best Buy Theater on May 28 and video from the event has been posted online.

Springsteen sat in for the group's signature song, "My Generation", and joined in on the evening's finale of "Won't Get Fooled Again" alongside Billy Idol and Willie Nile. Earlier in the evening, Idol and Joan Jett each delivered two songs from The Who's catalogue.

Hosted by comedian Colin Quinn, the event saw guitarist Pete Townshend and Who manager Bill Curbishley honored for their support of the music industry charity, which helps provide members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Springsteen delivered a tribute speech to Townshend as he was presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.

"I wouldn't be windmilling a Fender Telecaster if it weren't for Pete Townshend," said Springsteen, explaining his first concert experience was seeing The Who at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ in the mid-60s, adding, "Pete is the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. He plays such incredible rhythm and he showed you don't have to play any lead. It's an amazing thing to behold, really. Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock & roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest.

"He identified the place where it was noble and he wasn't afraid to go there. I took a lot of that with me as the years passed by. So Pete, I'm here to say, congratulations, well deserved, and thanks for not just 'Who's Next' and for 'Who Are You', but for who I am." Check out the videos here.

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Stephen Pearcy Recorded One Final Song With Ratt

(Classic Rock) Ratt recorded one final song with Stephen Pearcy before he left the band, he's revealed. And although he'd like to have it released, he can live with the situation if it's not.

Pearcy quit last year for what he insisted would be the final time. He originally talked up the chances of making another album with his ex-bandmates, but later said it was unlikely.

Now he tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "There is a song we actually recorded. Warren DeMartini and I finished it. It's done. If it sees the light of day I'd be very proud of it.

"But I don't see any future in Ratt - there's too much unresolved stuff. It's okay. There's other things going on and there's no need for that."

He adds: "I'm happy with the legacy. We're all doing different things. Juan Croucier, the original bass player, and I will be doing a project later in the year, after I'm done touring." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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New Book Looks At Led Zeppelin Gear

(hennemusic) Author Jeff Strawman will publish "Led Zeppelin Gear: All The Gear From Led Zeppelin And The Solo Careers" on October 6th in hard cover, special edition leather bound and digital formats.

The webmaster and editor of Zeppelin fansites Achilles Last Stand and LedZepConcerts.com has compiled a 600-page review of equipment used by the group in a chronological format.

A chapter is dedicated to each band member, along with a section on live sound used by Zeppelin through the years. An additional chapter, "Magic Studio Days", delivers a song-by-song analysis of the gear that was used in the studio, both by the members of Led Zeppelin as well by the engineers. Also included is a study of the tracks in each song, as well as a brief history on the songs. Read more here.

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Rod Stewart's Management Blocked Faces Book Signing

(Classic Rock) Rod Stewart's management wouldn't let him sign copies of a Faces book, Ronnie Wood has recalled - even though he, Ian 'Mac' McLagan and Kenney Jones had already provided their autographs.

The guitarist cites the event as an example of how "very protective" Stewart's organisation are of the singer - which is one of the main reasons a Faces reunion hasn't yet taken place.

Wood tells Classic Rock's Ian Fortnam: "There was a wonderful photographic memory lane thing which Mac, Kenney and I signed. Rod Stewart's lawyers, it really was like a divorce - 'Rod is not signing this.'

"Rod was saying: 'Just give them to me and I'll sign them.' We went for dinner when he came to London, and he said: 'Get them to me. I'd love to do it.' But they wouldn't allow it." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Clown Scared Of New Stage Lifts

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan has revealed he deliberately designed their new stage lifts so that they'd scare him. The platforms are hydraulic rather than electric, like their previous ones, meaning they move faster and more dangerously.

Clown tells Rolling Stone: "They go 15 feet up in the air, and they can spin around forever because the cables are down the middle. They jerk left and right. They slam up and down. And I designed these things because I'm scared of heights.

"That's total Slipknot mandatory thinking - to create something I'm scared of, because it will bring something out of me. So I just get up there and f***ing cross my fingers and go to a happy place and it's scary."

He adds: "You've got to hold on to your life sometimes. You get dizzy. Your sweat collects by your feet and you can slip. It's something you have to respect because it will sh*t-can you in a moment." Read more here.

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Rob Zombie, Korn, FFDP, Godsmack Lead Rock Allegiance Lineup

(Classic Rock) Organizers of the Rock Allegiance Festival have announced details of the first live music event to be held at Philadelphia's PPL Park. Headlining the event on October 10 will be Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack.

Other bands on the bill include Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon, In This Moment, Atreyu, Hollywood Undead, Saint Asonia, Pop Evil, Nothing More, Butcher Babies, Art of Dying, Glorious Sons, The Temperance Movement, Charm City Devils, Devour The Day, From Ashes To New, Unlocking The Truth, Dorothy and more, while the official aftershow party will feature a special performance by Steel Panther.

"Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is a celebration of everything that is ROCK culture," says festival organiser Danny Wimmer. "The event will celebrate Philadelphia's unique culture featuring the most popular craft beers from the region and a "Philly" themed Gourmet Man Food experience showcasing cuisine from top restaurants, iconic food trucks, and our favourite dives in the area." Read more here.

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Kadavar Announce New Album 'Berlin'

(Classic Rock) Kadavar will release their third album in August ahead of a winter tour, they have revealed. The German rockers issue Berlin on August 21 and head out on the road in November with The Shrine and Horisont.

Drummer Christoph 'Tiger' Bartelt says: "About 10 years ago, when we moved to Berlin, we just wanted to break free from home and do something new. I thought it was comfortable, to blend in and just live from day to day.

"A lot of very long nights and so many completely different people at one place. Where there are opposites you can always ground yourself. We're all different, come from different places but have managed to create something together we all like." Read more here.

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Von Hertzen Brothers Release 'Hold Me Up' Video

(Classic Rock) Von Hertzen Brothers have released a video for Hold Me Up. The song is taken from the band's current album New Day Rising, the follow-up to 2013's Nine Lives.

Hold Me Up "portrays the seldom-seen mainstream side of VHB," say the Brothers. "We were aiming for an honest, all-embracing declaration of love for someone who stands beside us through storms and rains. Soundscape-wise we wanted it to be very '90s and to achieve this we wrote a string orchestration that The Manics would be proud of.

Talking about the video, they continue, "Back in 2012 an artist called Tapio Rosenius drilled 2012 holes in an oil tank to make a wonderful piece of art. In 2015, an opportunity arose for us to shoot a music video for Hold Me Up at this amazing location. The light plays a big role here, as the song is all about the having an element of light in our lives. Someone who is always there for us... like the sunů even though we might not always see it." Watch the video here.

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Tool's Maynard James Keenan Earns Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

(Prog) Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has been awarded his purple belt in the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The singer - who is also a member of Puscifer and A Perfect Circle - has practiced the grappling technique for years under the guidance of jiu-jitsu icon Rickson Gracie, but had been sidelined by injuries for some time.

But after picking up his training again recently, the 51-year-old was given his purple belt in recognition of his skill advancement. On Instagram, Keenan says: "While on family vacation in Hawaii, I was blessed with a curveball. The coach that gave me my blue belt years ago surprised me unexpectedly with a long, very kind, heart felt speech and my purple belt.

"It's taken quite a while to get here. I moved to an area that had no Rickson Gracie jiu-jitsu school in late 96 and had to commute back and forth to keep up training which just wasn't practical." Read more here.

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Voivod's Langevin Looks Back On Band's Challenges

(Prog) Voivod drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin says the band won't allow the challenges they've faced to derail them. Langevin says that despite suffering a number of blows that would have signalled the end for many bands, Voivod keep coming back and he is confident they will still be around for years to come.

A car crash in 1998 left singer/bassist Eric Forrest seriously injured and he later tried to sue the band. They later split for a while. Those incidents, and the death of guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour in 2005, threatened to derail the band's progress.

Langevin tells Stormbringer: "There were a couple of times where Voivod didn't exist, like when we had the accident in 98 and when we split up the band in 2001, and when Piggy passed away.

"And every time we're wondering if we lost momentum, and then we get back together and our friends show up. I think right now Voivod has jumped into the 'classic thrash metal' category. We will always be invited at festivals, and we will always do club tours. So we can rely on that. We really wanna do that as long as we can." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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The Tangent Aimed For More Optimistic Spark

(Prog) Andy Tillison wanted to make sure The Tangent's eighth album A Spark In The Aether was more fun than its predecessor - in order to avoid being pigeonholed as a downbeat band.

Le Sacre Du Travail, launched in 2013, drew acclaim for its strong concept and musicianship, but he didn't want to continue in the same direction. Tillison tells Prog: "Le Sacre was ambitious. It was very complex, and it took ages to write and put together.

"I'm proud of what we achieved with that record - but at the same time it put The Tangent into a kind of Roger Waters arena of 'Is this what they're gonna do? Be eternally depressing and spend the rest of their lives commenting on how bad things are?'

"I thought, 'F*** that! There are plenty of life experiences, some of them are downers and some of them are uppers. Why not celebrate good times too?'" Read more here.

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Ginger Wildheart Launches PledgeMusic Campaign

(Classic Rock) Ginger Wildheart is offering those who back his upcoming book an exclusive four-track EP. He's been on his Songs & Words tour recently and along with the live dates, he launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help produce a book of the same name which will chronicle his career with The Wildhearts.

He says: "I decided to write a book as many of the accounts of The Wildhearts' turbulent career have since turned into the stuff of traumatic myth and titanic legend. This way I can put the story straight using descriptions of the songs themselves and the life and times behind them.

"The story, however, goes much deeper than merely The Wildhearts, and descends into a solo career that marks the darkest times of my life and the truly tragic depths of my tale."

He's been offering a range of bundles for those backing the drive including vinyl and CD releases from his GASS project, along with t-shirts and handwritten lyric sheets. But now he's decided to throw in some new material to thank fans for their support. Read more here.

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Soulfly Announce UK Summer Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Soulfly have announced a run of six UK summer shows. They've been lined up to support their 10th album Archangel which is released on August 14 via Nuclear Blast.

Mainman Max Cavalera says: "I'm thrilled about the upcoming Soulfly tour. For the first time in the UK, I will be playing with both of my sons, Zyon and Igor. You probably will never see this lineup again.

"I am also excited to play something from my new release, Archangel. I'm looking forward to seeing the Tribe there." Cavalera previously said Archangel would have an "exotic" feel and is very different to 2013's Savages.

He added: "There's really more mystic, exotic sounds and songs and lyrics. So it's really cool. It's really artistic which I like about it." Check out the dates here.

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Asking Alexandria Happier With New Lineup

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria are happier after splitting with singer Danny Worsnop, says guitarist Ben Bruce. And he believes the lineup change should have happened much sooner than January this year, when Worsnop confirmed his departure to concentrate on We Are Harlot.

The band have recruited ex Make Me Famous man Denis Shaforostov as his replacement and revealed their first track with his vocals. They were set to perform their first two shows with him this weekend, but were forced to cancel over visa issues.

Bruce tells Kerrang: "I know for certain we're a lot happier now Danny is not part of the group. We don't have to worry about someone being in a bad mood all the time, or not turning up to stage on time.

"It was like, 'If you don't want to be here, just don't be here.' We're relieved now - we can concentrate on a band that we do still love and care about."

He adds: "It needed to happen forů I want to say a few months, but it's probably more like a few years. Danny just stopped caring about Asking Alexandria." Read more here.

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Paradise Lost Preview New Album The Plague Within

(TeamRock Radio) Paradise Lost have released a sampler from upcoming album The Plague Within. Their first record since 2012's Tragic Idol will be launched in Europe on June 1 and in the US the following day.

Speaking of the record's musical direction, guitarist Greg Mackintosh recently called it a "marmite" album, adding: "We want it to sound like no one else in metal. Whether we've achieved that, I have no idea until everyone hears it."

The band issued a promo for Beneath Broken Earth last month and have detailed a run of eight dates to support the release, kicking off in Dublin on September 27. Check out the album preview here.

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Jimmy Page Annoyed and Animated Over Led Zeppelin Book

(Radio.com) The latest Minimation, where Radio.com animates interviews from the CBS Radio archive, features a 1994 interview with Jimmy Page where he is asked about the then-new unauthorized book, 'Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored.'

Jimmy Page comes from an era, before social media, when there was still mystery around rock stars. In his case specifically, he had a contentious relationship with the media through most of Zeppelin's existence. So in 1985 when former Led Zeppelin road manager Richard Cole was interviewed extensively for Stephen Davis's unauthorized Hammer of the Gods, Page was not amused. His stance didn't change when Cole wrote his own unauthorized account of his time in the band in 1992, titled Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored.

Page was really really not amused when the interviewer here brought up the book. Page is not always the most open interview and when he gets annoyed, he really gets annoyed. Jimmy Page probably isn't a big fan of any books about himself that aren't explicitly authored or approved by Jimmy Page. So let us take this opportunity to remind you that last year, he released his own biography, Jimmy Page.

In news that Page might be happier that we're reporting, deluxe reissues of Zeppelin's Presence and In Through The Out Door are expected to be released later this year. And as he told us last year, there may be some pretty great bonus material with Presence: "I had an early mix, a studio mix of Presence, and that had extra material on it. And that was the album I thought, with all of this chronological opening of everything, that might present a problem, and lo and behold, there it was." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Scarlett Parade's White River

Today Geoff Tinkler from Scarlett Parade tells us about the song "White River" from their brand new album "Wildwoods," which was released this week. Here is the story:

We were brought up on folk music and bands like Led Zeppelin, so having a fantastical/mythical element to our music has never felt strange to us. In White River I don't think we ever made a conscious decision to try and write it like we did, it all just pieced itself together quite nicely.

Originally, Adam had most of the parts to the song written and after hearing it, the words for the chorus immediately popped into my head. I then played around with a really simple verse idea of just two chords which at first felt a little bit simplistic, but as the story of the song came together it became clear that this was a positive thing as it meant that the narrative would take prominence. It also further allowed us a lot of freedom to build upon it, adding layer after layer of moving strings/piano overdubs/guitar overdubs to provide tension throughout the track only to ultimately climax into the big choral wave of the outro.

Both our producer and mixer did a masterful job because there really are so many parts interweaving but when listening, you only hear their impression.

Essentially we had wanted to tell an epic story of love, loss and betrayal and with the Celtic feel of the music and instrumentation we would always have had a great basis in which to do so. However, with the song being only four minutes long and only having two verses and two choruses the constraints to doing this are inevitably quite huge. As a result of this, perhaps it's no real surprise that the animated music video ended up becoming such an integral part of the whole White River story.

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

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