Day in Rock Report for 06/05/2015

Metallica Release Massive 50-CD Box Set

(hennemusic) Metallica have released "25 Nights Down Under", a 50-CD Box Set featuring all 25 live shows the band performed in Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and 2013.

Pre-orders for the $395 package were announced in April and the box set started shipping this week. For fans who aren't interested in the full package, all of the 2010/2013 concerts are also available individually at the band's website.

This Saturday, June 6, Metallica will perform the national anthem and a headline concert at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas. Metallica were joined by pioneering skateboarder Tony Hawk to make the announcement of their appearance at the June 4-7 event, which showcases the best in extreme sports. Read more here.

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Motorhead Recruit Queen's Brian May For New Album Track

(hennemusic) Motorhead deliver a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", on their upcoming album, "Bad Magic," and the album also features a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May.

Due August 28, the band's 22nd studio effort was completely written and recorded in the studio, marking a first in the Lemmy Kilmister/Phil Campbell/Mikkey Dee era.

The 13-track follow-up to 2013's "Aftershock" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb and the guest appearance by Brian May on "The Devil."

Motorhead will begin a series of summer European dates at Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany on June 5 before kicking off a North American tour with Anthrax in mid-August - dates to be announced. Check out the dates, and the album track details and cover art here.

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Superjoint Ritual Return With U.S. Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Superjoint Ritual have announced a 12-date US summer tour. Before their run of US dates with King Parrot and Child Bite, Superjoint will play Hellfest in France on the weekend of June 19-21.

Down frontman Phil Anselmo resurrected the group last year under the shortened name Superjoint for their first gig in 10 years - despite the former Pantera man stating their appearance at the Housecore Horror Film Festival was a "one off."

And last month he revealed he was busy writing material for a variety of projects - including Superjoint tracks. He said: "I've been writing new Superjoint, been writing new Illegals. Actually I'm in a secret death metal project with some secret other guys from across the equator. It's called Metraton Ganga." See the U.S. Tour dates here.

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The Who Announce Changes To North American Fall Tour

The Who will be returning to North American this fall to launch the next leg of their 50th anniversary tour and band has announced a series of new dates that are make-ups for postponed shows on their just completed leg.

The band was forced to postpone some of the dates on the spring leg after frontman Roger Daltry was ordered by doctors to rest his voice. The May 9th Louisville, Kentucky concert has been rescheduled for December 4th, the St. Louis show will take place on December 6th and the Kansas City, Missouri stop is now scheduled for December 8th.

The band has also rescheduled two previously announcement shows on the upcoming leg, to allow Daltry more time to rest his voice between shows. The Toronto show will now take place on December 2nd instead of October 21st and their concert in Oakland has been moved to December 13th.

The tour leg will be kicking off on September 14th in San Diego, CA at the Valley View Casino Center and is now scheduled to conclude with the rescheduled show in Oakland at the Oracle Arena.

Guitarist Pete Townshend had this to say about the leg that the band just completed, "The audiences have been amazing, warm and forgiving. Roger has battled sometimes, not so much with his voice as with a muscle problem that may well go back to a car crash in Australia many years ago. Towards the end he got better and better. And happier. Good to see." See all of the dates here.

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Alice In Chains, Bullet For My Valentine Added To Guitar Hero Live

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine, Weezer and Alice In Chains have been added to the lineup for Guitar Hero Live. Anthrax, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Deftones and Mastodon have previously been revealed as part of the lineup.

The Alice in Chains song Stone, Buddy Holly by Weezer and Bullet For My Valentine 's Temper Temper will appear on the game, which is due out in the autumn.

On Facebook, BFMV say: "Stoked to be added to the awesome lineup of the new Guitar Hero Live video game." Also in the latest batch of acts added are New Politics, Queen, Wolfmother, Neon Trees, Deap Vally, Angus & Julia Stone and Catfish And The Bottlemen. See the full list of the latest additions here.

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Reported 1977 Iron Maiden Video Goes Online

(Classic Rock) A recording thought to be Iron Maiden's earliest ever has been streamed online. The music-free 29-second clip, taped in 1977, features then-frontman Dennis Willcock introducing the band.

He says: "We're called Iron Maiden. We're all about a sound that's called metal, if you know what that's all about. Scrap metal, yeah. We don't have enough room to move about here, by the looks of it, so someone's going to go arse over tit, I should imagine. Here we go."

Willcock was Maiden's second singer, after Paul Day co-founded the band in 1976. He was replaced by Paul Di'Anno in 1978. Willcock will play his first show in 30 years with his band GV1 at London's Bar 12 on June 13. Read more and check out the stream here.

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Jack White and Loretta Lynn Inducted Into Nashville's Walk Of Fame

(hennemusic) Jack White and country music legend Loretta Lynn were inducted into Nashville's Walk Of Fame on Thursday. The Detroit native and former White Stripes rocker relocated to Nashville almost a decade ago, and opened the headquarters of his Third Man Records in 2009.

Nashville Scene reports Mayor Karl Dean attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the two newest inductees to the Walk of Fame as part of the reopening of the Walk Of Fame Park, a downtown green space overlooked by the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Bridgestone Arena and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

"I hope I'm too young to get something like this," joked White. "It speaks volumes about Nashville ... that you would accept, for example, what we've done with Third Man Records here in this city, and accept it so well, and nurture it, and help us make something come alive.

"We're so honored to be here every day", he added. White - who produced Lynn's Grammy-winning 2004 comeback album, "Van Lear Rose" - received praise from the country legend. "You already know Jack since he's been here in Nashville for a little while," said Lynn. "He didn't have to be here too long for you to understand that we needed him, really. Nashville needed Jack White. And I think he's one of the greatest artists there is."Read more and see a photo from the induction here.

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Slash Release 'Live At The Roxy 25.9.14' Trailer

(hennemusic) Slash has released the trailer for his forthcoming package, "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14," which will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and as a 3LP set on June 15th.

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.

Slash is currently playing a mixture of headline and festival show across Europe. Watch the trailer here.

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Rush's Alex Lifeson On His View of Band's Future Beyond Final Tour

(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson hopes the band will continue to play live shows after what's believed to be their final tour. And while he's previously talked up the chances of making another album, he's now discussed the possibility of two.

Rush are currently on the road across North American on a trip that manager Ray Danniels has said is "most likely the last of this magnitude." But Lifeson tells Guitar Center: "I could still see us going out and doing a special run - a couple of weeks here and there, those sort of things.

"We haven't discussed that but, I could see that happening. And possibly making another album or two. We love playing together and we really enjoy that aspect of our relationship." Read more here.

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Metallica Helping Texas Flood Victims

(hennemusic) Metallica have partnered with ESPN and Circuit Of The Americas to assist the victims of the recent floods in Texas by donating all money raised from the sale of downloads of their upcoming June 6 show at the X Games to the American Red Cross of Central Texas.

All formats of the download - including the high definition versions - are being offered at LiveMetallica.com for a discounted price of $5.00 each through July 15.

Metallica will perform the national anthem and a headline concert at the 2015 X Games in Austin on Saturday. "We are looking forward to seeing everyone out at the X Games this Saturday in Austin," says the group. Read more here.

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Def Leppard Reveal Initial Guests For Hysteria On The High Seas

(Classic Rock) Eric Martin, Kip Winger and Richie Kotzen are among the first acts to be confirmed for Def Leppard's 2016 cruise. Def Leppard say: "Be prepared to get wet, wild and ready to rock."

Hysteria On The High Seas takes place aboard the MSC Divina, leaving from Miami, Florida, on January 21 next year and stopping at Half Moon Cay and Freeport in the Bahamas.

Def Leppard will be headlining, with guitarist Vivian Campbell's Last In Line also due to appear. Cinderella's Tom Kiefer, Winger mainman Kip, Mr Big's Eric Martin and The Winery Dogs' Kotzen have also been announced. Read more here.

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Duff McKagan Reveals Top Touring Tips

(Classic Rock) Duff McKagan has shared his top tips for inter-band harmony on the road. The former Guns 'N' Roses bassist reckons toilet etiquette and knowing a little about your destination helps keep relationships on tour free of unnecessary stress.

McKagan recently released his second book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), along with a companion EP called How To Be A Man. He gives his vital travel tips to Rolling Stone.

He says: "If you don't read, know something about where you're at. Barrett Martin, who was the drummer for Screaming Trees and Mad Season, he's an actual professor. So he'll know about everything we're going by, like, 'That castle there.. something something."

One particular peeve of being on tour in Germany is how many times he has to hear jokes about the German word for a motorway exit - Ausfahrt. "You can laugh at the first six or seven Ausfahrt signs, but there is going to be an Ausfahrt sign every exit. You can only do it for so long."

And when sharing a room with a tour buddy, McKagan sticks to a strict rule regarding use of the toilet. He says: "Don't poo in the room if you're sharing it. Unless you get poo permission, like, 'Oh yeah, it's cool dude. I don't care.' Then you know you're really close with that guy." Watch the full video here.

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Queen: Play The Game App Released

(Classic Rock) An official Queen app has been launched, giving fans the chance to win band merchandise. Solving a series of puzzles and answering questions can lead to winning real Queen merchandise.

Queen: Play The Game features images from the band's history along with re-sampled sounds from all the hits and recordings fans may not have heard. It was developed by Birmingham-based SoshiGames.

Queen archivist Greg Brooks says: "Queen: Play The Game presents a lot of imagery you may not have encountered before and in brand new puzzle formats." Read more here.

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Muse Reveal New Song 'Defector'

(Classic Rock) Muse have released a lyric video for their track Defector. It's taken from seventh album Drones, set for launch on June 8 and available for pre-order now.

The track starts with a quote from US President John F Kennedy: "We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice.

"It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly-knit, highly-efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations."

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy previously explained that the album explores "a world run by drones, utilising drones to turn us all into drones." He added: "It's possible to do horrific things at a great distance - without actually feeling any of the consequences, or even feeling responsible. It's a modern metaphor for what it is to lose empathy." Check out the video here.

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Beth Hart Drug Free But Sometimes Binge Drinks

(Classic Rock) Beth Hart has opened up about her battle against binge-drinking. The blues singer-songwriter has her drug issues under control, but admits that alcohol still sometimes gets the best of her.

Hart tells Classic Rock's Dave Ling: "Happily, for the last 15 years I've been drug-free. Binge drinking still happens though. I'll go six or nine months, and despite my best intentions, I'll slip. Or at least I did."

But she feels better now than she's done in a long time. "There's a difference between surviving and living," she says. "Now I've gotten past my demons, which makes me feel blessed and grateful.

"That's where my writing comes from these days. I've been given this gift of how to live with addiction and being bipolar." Read more here.

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Hate Eternal Reveals Details For New Album 'Infernus'

(TeamRock Radio) Hate Eternal have revealed the artwork and a tracklist for their forthcoming sixth album Infernus, which is set to be released on August 21 via Season Of Mist.

The follow-up to 2011's Phoenix Among The Ashes is their first studio outing with drummer Chason Westmoreland, who replaced Jade Simonetto in 2013.

Mainman Erik Rutan recently said Westmoreland's work had a "very primal and visceral feel" and added: "He did a tremendous job on the recording. I can't wait for us to get on tour and deliver the goods."

Earlier this week, the band issued a stream of album track Pathogenic Apathy, described by Metal Hammer as a "typically furious and incensed explosion of churning riffs and neck-snapping blastbeats." See the tracklisting and artwork here.

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Robert Plant Releases Video Montage From North American Tour

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has released a video montage of photos that have been taken during his current North American tour in support of "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

The 4-week run with the Sensational Space Shifters started May 24 at the Sasquatch Festival in George, WA, with dates wrapping up in Philadelphia on June 17.

Plant launched "lullaby..." last fall with a 7-date North American theatre tour as the record went on to land a US Top 10 debut, entering the Billboard 200 at No. 10 with opening week sales of 29,000 copies.

The album marked Plant's third straight top 10, following 2010's "Band Of Joy" and 2007's "Raising Sand" (with Alison Krauss). This week, Plant's former band, Led Zeppelin, announced that it will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign on July 31 with the release of their final three studio albums, 1976's "Presence", 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda." Watch the video here.

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In This Moment Frontwoman Does Mystery Collaboration

(TeamRock Radio) In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink has revealed that she has recorded another collaborative track - but she won't reveal the name of the band she's worked with.

She's previously guested with Papa Roach on Gravity and Five Finger Death Punch on Anywhere But Here, and she says she loves being the "go-to" female singer for those team-ups.

Brink provided these details to KFMX about the mystery collaboration: "There's another band, it's somebody I really, really always liked a lot and was inspired by. You know, it's an honor." Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface Artwork Explained

(TeamRock Radio) Brandon Rike, the graphic artist who designed the packaging for Twenty One Pilots' latest album Blurryface, has revealed the concept behind his work.

A conversation with the band's Tyler Joseph inspired him with three key elements that moulded the final design. Rike says in a blog entry: "Tyler explained the elements of ourselves that we hate, and the constant battle against these traits. In order to add clarity to this internal struggle, he gave a name to these negative attributes: Blurryface."

He then defined the most important things he had to achieved: "First, find a way to represent Blurryface in a obscure but potent manner. Second, create visuals that resemble the songs, as well as the mishmash of the collection as a whole.

"And finally, reward the fans for their support of the band, and give them new journeys of discovery as they dig deep into all of the elements of the album." Read more here.

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Wilson Frontman Explains How Detroit Fuels The Band's Survival

(TeamRock Radio) Wilson frontman Chad Nicefield says growing up in Detroit has given the band the edge they need to survive in the music industry. And he insists they have the ambition and drive to make it to the next level of success.

They recently issued streams of All My Friends and Give 'Em Hell from second album Right To Rise, set for release on June 30 via Razor & Tie.Nicefield tells Metal Hammer's Merlin Alderslade: "In Detroit you do things because you have to. Like, 'This is how you're able to survive.' You were told not to go to certain places or do certain things as a kid because it was scary.

"There was crime and there were people that might f***ing kill you there. In Detroit you have to know what you're doing." He continues: "We make guttural decisions because that's how we're programmed. When we write, we don't think, 'How will people in Los Angeles like this song?' We're writing because we like the way it sounds." Read more here.

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Joy Division Fans Backing Ian Curtis Museum Plans

(Classic Rock) A Joy Division fan who has revealed his plans to turn Ian Curtis' former home into a museum has been "bombarded" with messages from people offering to help.

The late singer's Macclesfield home in Greater Manchester was bought by Hadar Goldman for £190,000 this year. He paid £75,000 more than the asking price to secure the deal from another buyer who was close to becoming its owner.

Since it was reported he'd bought the property - used in Anton Corbijn's 2007 Curtis biopic Control - supporters from around the world have offered to help, according to Prolific North.

Last month, Goldman told the Guardian: "I felt as if I had to get involved, especially after hearing the plight of fans who had failed to raise the necessary funds to buy the house owned and lived in by one of the musical heroes of my youth." Read more here.

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Fairport Convention Reveal Cropredy Convention Festival Lineup

(Prog) Fairport Convention have confirmed the complete lineup for this year's edition of their Cropredy Convention festival. The 2015 edition takes place at Cropredy, Oxfordshire, on the weekend of August 14-16 and stars Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Level 42, Ian Matthews and Egbert Derix.

Fairport Convention have revealed that they will open proceedings with a semi-acoustic set and end the event with a full-power performance featuring guest appearances.

The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner of the year, yet to be announced, will perform as usual on the Saturday, while festival regular Richard Digance plays on the Sunday. See the full lineup here.

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Blank Manuskript Announce Tour, Reveal New Album Plans

(Prog) Blank Manuskript have announced that they will be launching a European tour next week and the band has also revealed that they're working on their third album.

The prog outfit will issue The Waiting Soldier in the coming months and will hit the road this month, with support from fellow Austrians Mindspeak for some dates.

Blank Manuskript guitarist Alfons Wohlmuth says: "It's a concept album about a guy who decides to call himself a soldier and guard an object. He is not a very intelligent guy, he hasn't found his place in life and therefore tries to find his way by becoming a soldier." See the tour dates here.

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Shardborne Premiere 'Room Within A Room' Video

(Prog) Shardborne have premiered their video for Room Within A Room with Prog. It's taken from the Irish instrumental prog metal outfit's debut album Living Bridges, to be launched via Out On A Limb Records on July 10.

The band say: "Room Within A Room is the last track on the album. It offers a good idea as to the rest of the tunes. It's a good closer - we wanted to end Living Bridges on a strong note."

The video was partly shot in the deconsecrated church Shardborne used as a studio, but it took the band nearly a year to choose the second location. "We knew we wanted to have the lighting be an interesting visual component to the video," they report. Watch the video here.

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This Oceanic Feeling Announce Debut Album

(Prog) This Oceanic Feeling will release their debut album Universal Mind on July 17, it's been confirmed. The band are fronted by singer, songwriter and producer Chris Braide who was a founding member of the Producers with former Yes man Trevor Horn.

The lineup is completed by bassist Lee Pomeroy and Producers' drummer Ash Sloan. Braide says: "It's a positive album, one that I'm proud of and one that I had to make."

He compares the material to that of The Police and 90125-era Yes, adding: "It's big, shiny, new-wave pop music with rock trousers on and occasionally prog sandals!" Read more here.

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Singled Out: Pain Love n' War

Pain Love n' War release their debut album "Over Looking Back" this week, to celebrate guitarist Hoyt Binder tells the story of meeting vocalist Rob Sandoval and how the first song they wrote together ended up influencing the naming of their band. Here is the story:

It was the summer of 2012 in Long Beach, CA where I had been working with a manager at the time, Ron Magee, who believed in my talent and was helping me find a singer. I had many ideas, but needed a comrade to complete the quintessential rock duo I envisioned. Enter Rob Sandoval. We had an immediate connection and the ideas began pouring out. Rob, manager Ron and I collaborated in the lyric department as we listened to the riffs I had for this song. "Pain in Love and War" was the first song we wrote together and it meant so much to us that it had a hand in not only defining our sound, but our band name as well.

As I played the heavy staccato verse riff, both Rob and I worked on a melody that gave us both a feeling of being overwhelmed and out came "Drowning in my own trust you tore away from me." As we searched for what that meant to us, Rob immediately jumped to a past love relationship gone awry whereas I felt a connection to an estranged friend I used to idolize when I was on a path of addiction. The story began writing itself, from the bitter taste that remains from hurtful words to seeing the truth, that it "never meant so much" to the significant other.

When we got to the Pre-Chorus, with its pauses and openness, we both felt a sense of being drained by the verse's outpouring and we wrote "I'm tired of trying, I've tried and tried, too tired to try again." The chorus has a bit of swagger to it, so we juxtaposed a pleading "Can't take no more" with a vindictive "What goes around comes around" which seemed to sum up the turmoil that can have you feeling left out in the cold.

The second verse deals with the sickness that brews from being caught up in a world of someone else's pain. One can easily become a slave, addicted to co-dependent "twisted games." The solo section is our depiction of the second verse's last line, "You're breaking all of me, I'm tired of this insanity," which sums up the rollercoaster ride that unhealthy relationships and addictions embody. From the highs to lows, they always end up in chaos and back to drowning…

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album, and the release show this weekend in Sherman Oaks, Ca right here!

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