Day in Rock Report for 06/08/2015

Of Mice & Men Frontman Austin Carlile Hospitalized

Of Mice & Men announced on Sunday (June 7th) that they have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their "Full Circle Tour" after frontman Austin Carlile was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason.

The band broke the news to fans with the following message on Facebook on Sunday, "Of Mice & Men regrets to announce that the remaining dates of the 'Full Circle Tour' will be cancelled. Therefore, tonight's show at Soma in San Diego and Tuesday's show at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City will no longer go ahead.

"Lead singer Austin Carlile was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning and per doctor's orders has been kept in overnight for evaluation. The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans and hopes to be back in both cities as soon as possible.

"Refunds for both shows will be available at point of purchase, however Of Mice & Men are planning to reschedule both shows for a later date in the year.

"We will have more news on this in the the coming weeks and tickets holders are welcome to retain their tickets, as they will remain valid for these rescheduled dates."

Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates here.

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33 Injured By Lightning Strikes At Music Festival

(Classic Rock) 33 people were hurt at Germany's Rock Am Ring festival when the site was hit by lightning twice. The first bolt struck the backstage area at 1am on Saturday morning, in Mendig, western Germany, injuring eight production staff.

Lightning-proof tents were opened for campers to shelter before a second bolt struck at 4am, injuring 25 people in one of the campsites. Local police say the victims were taken to nearby hospitals for observation and no severe injuries were sustained.

Around 90,000 are in attendance at Rock Am Ring, which ended on Sunday with sets from Slipknot, the Foo Fighters, Motorhead, In Flames and others. Read more here.

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The Replacements Break Up Again?

(Classic Rock) The Replacements appear to have split again - and for the last time. Frontman Paul Westerberg told a crowd at the Primavera Sound festival in Spain that they'd just seen the band's final performance.

He added that the band had remained at their hotel instead of attending soundcheck, calling them "lazy bastards to the end." He then smashed his guitar.

Billboard reports that two shows added to their schedule to make up for previously-cancelled ones will now not be played, and that attempts to record an album have been abandoned. Read more here.

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Kurt Cobain Documentary '90% BS' Says Buzz Osborne

(Classic Rock) The Melvins' Buzz Osborne, who grew up with Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen, Washington, has branded the Cobain biopic Montage Of Heck as "90% bullsh*t."

He's poured scorn on some of the stories Cobain tells in video clips that appear in the movie, and adds that the result adds to the mountain of misinformation shared about the late star.

Osborne says via TheTalkhouse.com: "I went to high school with Kurt and was a big part of all the Nirvana guys' lives before and after they became famous. We were good friends when they were all flat broke, long before they could buy big houses and cars with credit cards.

"My band played with Nirvana at their last show. I was there for the beginning and I was there for the end, for the very good and the very bad." He continues: "People need to understand that 90% of Montage of Heck is bullsh*t. Total bullsh*t. That's the one thing no one gets about Cobain - he was a master of jerking your chain." Read more here.

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Pete Townshend Angry Over Chart Snub

The Who's Pete Townshend took to the band's Facebook page this weekend to express his outrage that the new "Classic Quadrophenia" release will not being counted on the classic music chart in the UK.

The new version of the classic 1973 concept album "Quadrophenia" by The Who, which has been orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, is being released this week (today in the UK and Tuesday, June 9th, in North America).

It appears that Townshend learned that the UK classical chart will not include the release. He posted a series of messages on Facebook in response. He first wrote, "Classic Quadrophenia is not allowed in the UK Classical Charts?! Musical snobbery in the classical elite still alive & kicking then. F*** 'em"

A short time later he added, "There's a huge team behind this, rooted in the practical world of recorded classical music, who deserve better than this petty slap-down."

For his final post, he wrote, "I know I'm a rock dinosaur and I'm happy to be one, but the team behind Classic Quadrophenia are all young, creative and brilliant."

"Classic Quadrophenia" was conducted by Robert Ziegler and recorded at Air Studios in London in October of 2014 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and features vocals from acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe as well as Townshend on guitar and "cameo vocal roles", according to the official synopsis. Read the full description and order the album on CD, digital or vinyl here.

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Robert Plant Postpones Concert Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Robert Plant was forced to postpone his concert in Toronto, Canada on Sunday night (June 7th) at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre due to illness.

"I woke up this morning and found that I had more of a similarity with a crooning Kermit than my normal Golden self, so heaps of apologies," says Plant. "It's not my idea of fun to miss a gig."

Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date of Tuesday, September 15. Support act The Pixies will not appear at the rescheduled date due to scheduling conflicts; a replacement act will be announced at a future date.

The singer's next scheduled show is March 9 at the Meadowbrook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, MI. Read more here.

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Rush Filming Hometown 40th Anniversary Tour Stops

(hennemusic) Rush have revealed that they will be filming a pair of upcoming shows in their hometown of Toronto, Canada as part of the 40th anniversary R40 Live tour.

The June 17 and June 19 concerts at the Air Canada Centre will mark the first time the band will have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years with the recording in 1997 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test For Echo tour.

Prior to that, the group filmed a concert video and later released an accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

"Fans who have their coveted tickets to the sold out shows in Toronto,' says the band, "are encouraged to represent and wear Rush shirts, bring signs and come ready with their 'outside' voices." Read more here.

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Keith Richards Ready To Make New Rolling Stones Album

(Radio.com) The Rolling Stones just kicked off their latest North American tour, but Keith Richards is hoping they'll be able to sneak in some time at the studio real soon.

Richards told Rolling Stone, he'd like to see his band release an album real soon. The band hasn't released a new LP since 2005 with A Bigger Bang. "Funny you should mention that," Richards told Rolling Stone about a new album. "Just last week, the word 'studio' popped up while we were rehearsing. I said, 'Well, let's find a time. I'm ready!'"

Though he'd like to see a new album come out sooner or later, it may be later being that the band is on their current tour until July and is reportedly mulling over a South American tour this fall.

The good thing is, the band seems to be in high spirits with Ronnie Wood telling the mag they're in a good place as a band, saying it's the "best vibe ever within the band." Read more here.

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David Gilmour Reveals New Album Details

(hennemusic) David Gilmour previewed details and a few songs from his forthcoming solo album at a writing conference in Ireland on Saturday. Gilmour revealed his upcoming fourth solo album will be titled "Rattle That Lock."

Pink Floyd fan site Brain Damage reports Gilmour and wife/author/lyricist Polly Samson were featured guests at the 2015 Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in Carlow, Ireland, where the pair were on hand to discuss their relationship as songwriters, which dates back to Pink Floyd's 1994 album, "The Division Bell."

The guitarist previewed snippets of two songs, including "Boots On The Ground" and "Girl With A Yellow Dress", a track that featuries a guest appearance by former Squeeze keyboardist and late-night UK TV host Jools Holland.

Samson described the theme of the album as 'Carpe Diem', seize every moment, look to the future, 'Just Do It' and don't be afraid or hold back. Read more here.

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Heaven Frontman Allen Fryer Dead at 60

(Classic Rock) Allan Fryer, frontman with Australian rock band Heaven, has died at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer. The Scots-born Australian auditioned for AC/DC following the death of Bon Scott in 1980, and believed he'd landed the job.

He formed Heaven under the name Fat Lip in 1980 and moved to Sydney shortly after, changing the name in the process. They went on to released three albums Twilight Of Mischief (1982), Where Angels Fear To Tread (1983) and Knockin' On Heaven's Door (1985) and toured with artists including Dio, Kiss, Judas Priest and Motley Crue.

In a 1999 interview, Fryer said: "AC/DC were interested in trying me out - I just dropped everything. They took Bon's voice out of the tapes on songs like Whole Lotta Rosie, Shot Down In Flames and Sin City. They shoved me in them." Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Reveal New Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God have revealed the tracklist for upcoming album VII: Sturm Und Drang. A total of 10 songs will appear on the follow-up to 2012's Resolution, which arrives on July 24 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Randy Blythe recently said of the album: "I didn't set out to write this record about my perception of how people handle difficulties - but as I was writing, it started coming to me.

"It's been a stressful f***ing time for my band, the last few years. Hard times make for good metal." He added that the work was "less schizophrenic" than previous releases. Read more including the track details here.

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Creed's Mark Tremonti Explains Rift With Scott Stapp

(Classic Rock) Mark Tremonti says Creed singer Scott Stapp stopped talking to him when he realized the band's 2009 reunion wouldn't be permanent. The guitarist previously told how Stapp travelled on a separate bus to the rest of the band on the tour, and he now reveals Stapp assumed Tremonti would walk away from his other band Alter Bridge to devote himself full-time to Creed.

Tremonti tells Kerrang: "I think Scott just thought that we'd get back together with Creed and we'd forget about Alter Bridge. He doesn't understand how hard we've worked to build Alter Bridge.

"When you singlehandedly bring a band to its knees like he had done, and we all split up, and then you build something, you're not all of a sudden going to just jump back to the other band and forget what you've built.

"I think he took all his frustrations out on me. We were having lunch in catering. He was like, 'Hey man, what are you doing in January,' and I'm like, 'I'm going to the studio with Alter Bridge, we've talked about this.' He's like, 'Really?' From then on we didn't speak. On tour. On stage. Didn't speak." Read more here.

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Keb' Mo' With Taj Mahal Working On Album

(The Blues Grammy and a WC Handy Award winner Keb' Mo' has revealed in a new interview that he is working on an album with Taj Mahal - one of his personal heroes.

Mo', full name Kevin Moore, tells the Alaska Dispatch News: "We're doing original material. I've been working on it since November and it probably won't be done until fall."

He also reveals that he was so insecure about his musical future that, even after his career took off, he clung to a regular club gig in Santa Monica, California - even though he'd moved out of the area.

Mo' says: "For the first two years I kept calling them and saying, 'I'll be back'. It took four years for me to realize this might be working. I've seen so many flashes in the pan." Read more here.

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California Breed Was Over When Bonham Left

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes says he wanted to split California Breed the moment Jason Bonham left - but he couldn't let down fan who'd already bought tour tickets.

He pulled the plug in January after the trio toured with replacement drummer Joey Castillo - and the move appeared to come as a surprise to young guitarist Andrew Watt, who said: "I put everything I had into this band."

The frontman and bassist, who was a member of Black Country Communion alongside Bonham before their acrimonious split in 2012, has returned to his solo career and tours Europe this summer with ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich at his side.

Hughes tells MyRockWorld: "When Jason left I had a decision to make - to fold the band completely and walk away with Jason, or continue with Andrew.

"The reason I chose to stay was because tickets were already on sale. I'm the kind of person, if someone has bought a ticket to see me, I'm going to show up.

"When Jason left it really wasn't a band any more. It was based around my thing. So I thought it would be best for me to go back to my solo work." Read more here.

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Entombed AD Dropped From Deicide Tour Without Explanation

(TeamRock Radio) Entombed AD say they have been removed from the current US tour with Deicide without being given a reason. The Swedish metal veterans have been on the road as part of a bill which also includes Hate Eternal and Black Crown Initiate for the last week.

But with 11 dates still scheduled, Entombed AD have been removed form the tour posters.They say: "Attention US headbangers. We got pulled off the US tour for reasons we don't yet know.

"On our way to Sweden now. Never in 30 years have we experienced something like this. But we will be back soon." Headliners Deicide have made no comment but posted a new tour poster on Saturday, with Entombed AD removed from the listings. Read more and see the posts here.

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Phil Anselmo Explains Reason For Superjoint's Return

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo has explained why it's time for Superjoint Ritual to hit the road again. They've confirmed a US tour kicking off on July 10, under the banner Philip H Anselmo's Superjoint.

It follows the band's live return at last year's Housecore Horror Film Fest. Anselmo says: "We're touring again because we feel like it, it's fun - and we're handsome. And the big plus here is getting to tour with King Parrot and Child Bite, as they're handsome fellows as well as live forces to be reckoned with."

Anselmo also adds: "Leave your corpse paint at home. No image required for this one - bring a date and some sips, and let the music do the rest." Read more and check out the dates and the promo video for the tour here.

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Former Black Sabbath Member Goes Country Rock

(Classic Rock) Former Black Sabbath and ELO drummer Bev Bevan features on country rock band Quill's upcoming debut. Bevan - who toured with Sabbath in the 80s - appears on Brush With The Moon alongside vocalist Joy Strachan-Brain, violin player Kate WcWilliam, percussionist Tim Tandler, bassist Matt Davies, keyboard player Dave Bailey and guitarist Tony Kelsey.

It's released on June 8 via Cherry Red Records. The music was inspired by Strachan-Brain's late husband Ben Brain, who penned the songs before his passing in 2012.

Bevan says: "About a year ago I joined Quill as percussionist. It's great to be doing it live on stage now, and playing drums on some songs too. The lineup has changed since I joined and the band now has a more folk and country rockier edge to it." Read more here.

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Urban Voodoo Machine's Nick Marsh Dead At 53

(Classic Rock) The Urban Voodoo Machine's Nick Marsh has died after a cancer battle. He was 53. He'd been fighting cancer since being diagnosed in 2014, and was moved to hospice care earlier his week after the disease was found to be inoperable.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Marsh came to prominence in the 1980s with alt-rock band Flesh For Lulu before becoming part of The Urban Voodoo Machine in 2003. He was also a member of From The Deep with his wife Katharine Blake of Miranda Sex Garden and The Medieaval Baebes.

Marsh documented the early months of his health battle on Facebook. He told Classic Rock in February: "I didn't know how else to approach it really. I just thought, 'Here I am.' Facebook is like an open diary if you want it to be. I just felt like I wanted to do that. I don't know why now." Read more here.

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Metallica Perform National Anthem At The X Games

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the national anthem as part of their appearance at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett teamed up for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' prior to the Moto X Speed & Style competition at the annual extreme sports event.

Metallica also performed a headline concert Saturday evening, with proceeds from the show's download going to assist the victims of the recent floods in Texas.

The band are donating all money raised from the sale of the downloads of the June 6 show 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. Check out video of the performance here.

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Folk Icon Jean Ritchie Dead At 92

(Classic Rock) Folk icon Jean Ritchie has died at the age of 92. Ritchie - known as the Mother of Folk - inspired a string of stars, including Bob Dylan, with her take on traditional American music.

Dylan paid a financial settlement to Ritchie and gave her co-writing credit for his song Masters Of War, which borrowed heavily from her version of Nottamun Town.

She emerged on the New York folk scene in the 1940s and brought the Appalachian sound to a much wider audience. She sang at the first Newport folk festival in 1959 and won over a new, younger audience with her 1977 album None But One, which was awarded the Critics' Award by Rolling Stone magazine. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Filmed Los Angeles Clue Show For Possible Release

(hennemusic) Mick Jagger has revealed that The Rolling Stones filmed their May 20 club show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles for a possible future release. The Fonda Theatre show was a warm-up for the band's 15-date stadium tour of North America, which opened four days later in San Diego.

The club date presented what the band billed as a "one-time only set" featuring the original "Sticky Fingers" album in its entirety with additional hits.

Jagger tells Rolling Stone that the group put in extra effort in rehearsals knowing that the gig was being filmed for potential release. "We had to revisit tunes that we don't do very often, and we had to make sure they worked really well," he says. "We worked quite hard on 'Sister Morphine' and 'I Got the Blues.' They're not actually that easy to do - it's not simple 12-bar stuff."

"Small gigs in the beginning are almost a tradition to the Stones," added guitarist Keith Richards. "We go, 'Well, we started in places this size. If we can do this, the rest of it is just magnification." Check out the Stones official video report from the show here.

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Palmason Speaks Out About Solstafir Firing

(Prog) Solstafir drummer Gummi Palmason claims he was fired from the band he helped create in January - then ordered to keep quiet about it. He describes the band's statement that he was absent from their tour for personal reasons as untrue. But he says he was told that if he spoke up, they'd rule out any chance of his return.

And he's accused frontman Addi Tryggvason of trying to register the Icelandic band's name behind his colleagues' back after his dismissal. In January the band named Karl Petur Smith as Palmason's replacement, adding: "Gummi will not be joining us on this tour due to personal reasons. We'd prefer to leave it at that and ask that you please respect our privacy in this matter and refrain from all questions, speculations and internet rumours. We will follow up when the time is right."

Now Palmason says in a long statement: "When I woke up on the morning of 20 January I expected to find an email with flight details for the tour that was supposed to start the day after.

"What I found instead was an email telling me I was fired from the band that I've poured my sweat, blood and tears into for the last 20 years, because of communication problems between us that were unjustly being blamed solely on me" Read more here.

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Haken To Get Orchestra Tribute

(Prog) Haken are to be the subject of an orchestral tribute album by the man behind the Symphonic Theater Of Dreams project and the new project has Haken's full support.

Michal Mierzejewski, who spearheaded the Dream Theater tribute release, now wants to focus on the London prog outfit, and he's launched a pledge campaign to fund it,

He says: "If you're a fan of Haken, if you're a fan of rock and progressive metal and of symphonic, film or classical music, soon you'll have the opportunity to listen to the final result of our work." Read more here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil To Appear At Wizard World Comic Con

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will appear at the Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa, OK this fall. Neil will be on hand for an autograph signing on Saturday, October 24 as part of the weekend event at the city's Cox Business Center.

Neil joins a list of guests for the October 23-25 convention that also includes Nathan Fillion (Castle), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), Sean Astin (The Lord Of The Rings) and many others.

Neil and Motley Crue recently completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand and will perform at three European festivals this month: the Sweden Rock Festival, Austria's Nova Rock and UK's Download. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Reveal Blue Army Tour Promo Video

(hennemusic) Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has posted a video message inviting fans to see the band on their Blue Army Tour across North America. Aerosmith will kick off the 15-date series of summer shows in Glendale, Arizona on June 13.

"Hey, it's the Kramedog here," the drummer says in the clip. "Join me and the rest of my guys at a town near you sometime this summer. Get your tickets now!"

"The name Blue Army came from the fact that 'everyone' in our audience from the 70's were wearing blue denim and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army," adds guitarist Joe Perry.

Three days after the tour wraps up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Aerosmith will perform on Friday, August 7 at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first-ever Concert for Legends. Watch the video here.

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KISS Stanley and Simmons Part Of Teenage Cancer Trust Auction

(Classic Rock) KISS stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have donated two guitars to be auctioned for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Simmons has gifted a signed Axe Bass by Cort, while Stanley's Ibanez PS 120 has been autographed by all four members of the band.

And along with the two instruments, they're offering successful bidders a pair of tickets for their appearance at next weekend's Download festival - and the chance to meet the rock icons backstage.

Simmons says: "You must always give back whenever you have a chance. Always be aware that not everybody is as lucky as we are, which is why we wanted to donate these signed guitars. Do what you can, help save a life."

Stanley adds: "Teenage Cancer Trust does a much-needed job of focusing attention and assisting teens in their struggles and battles with the devastating impact of cancer. I actively support this much needed cause and ask all to participate in any way possible." Read more here.

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Sepultura Announce UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Sepultura have announced a four-date winter UK tour. The Brazilian metal icons are already lined up to play Bloodstock on August 9, with shows in Dublin and Chester in the days after.

And the band has now confirmed a short run of November dates, staring in Manchester on November 17, which will be part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

Vocalist Derrick Green says: "We will be playing songs that we normally don't perform so all you hardcore fans will not want to miss the surprises. Come join us and be a part of this special moment in our career. We look forward to seeing you all there." Read more including the dates here.

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Tuck Says New Bullet For My Valentine Album Will Be A Milestone

(TeamRock Radio) Matt Tuck has predicted Bullet For My Valentine's upcoming album Venom will be a milestone in the band's career. The follow-up to 2013's Temper Temper is to be released on August 14. It's their first to feature bassist Jamie Mathias, who replaced Jay James this year.

Speaking to TeamRock Radio at Camden Rocks last weekend, Tuck said: "The album is hands down the best thing we've ever done. That's not me trying to sell it, because people will have their own opinion anyway.

"But it is the best thing we've ever done - by a mile. So to have that arsenal of weapons now and to be able to play these songs feels sick. It's good to be back.

"That's kind of what happens in our band. Nothing ever stops. Milestone after milestone and cool event after cool event. We don't ever do anything which isn't cool." Read more here.

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After The Burial Begin Recording New Album

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial have begun studio sessions on their fifth album - and it's the first time they'll work with an outside producer. They've teamed up with Will Putney, known for production with Thy Art Is Murder, Stray From The Path, Northlane and others.

ATB say: "We're really excited. We've never done anything like this before - but the vibe is good and we know Will has a great knowledge of what we're going for as far as a sound.

"The songs came very naturally this time around, so recording live drums and guitars makes total sense. We can't wait for you all to hear it." Read more here.

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Ginger Wildheart Over The Wildhearts

(Classic Rock) Ginger Wildheart says he doesn't want to record more albums under the Wildhearts banner. He's been on the road with his Songs & Words tour recently and plays Download on June 13 with Hey! Hello! And he reveals he'd be happy if he never played another gig with the Wildhearts again.

Speaking to TeamRock Radio at last weekend's Camden Rocks, Ginger says: "I'm doing the Wildhearts thing as a service because the fans want it. I would be happy never doing a Wildhearts gig for the rest of my life to be honest.

"It's something that I did - it's a 90s thing and I'm way more interested in something I haven't done and I want to do. I'm not one of these people who thinks you should be in one band for your whole life - I've got too many ideas." Read more here.

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Thunder Reveal 'The Thing I Want' Lyric Video

(Classic Rock) Thunder have released a lyric video for their track The Thing I Want. The clip has been launched to celebrate the release of 10th album Wonder Days in the US, four months after it reached the UK top ten.

Frontman Danny Bowes tells UCR: "It's our first album for six years, and our first release in the US for probably 20 years, so it's a very big deal for us. Our next task will be to get over there to play some shows."

Thunder play the Download festival at Donington on June 12 followed by a special guest appearance with ZZ Top at London's SSE Arena, Wembley, on June 24. Check out the lyric video here.

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Next To None Stream New Song 'You Are Not Me'

(Prog) Next To None, the prog metal outfit featuring Mike Portnoy's son Max, have released a stream of their track You Are Not Me. It's taken from debut album A Light In The Dark, set for launch on June 29 via InsideOut.

Max Portnoy says: "You Are Not Me is one of our heavier songs that shows more of a modern metal side. It's also probably one of the first songs in prog metal history to feature a beer keg being hit with a bat!"

The album was produced by Portnoy Sr, who recently said: "I can't stress enough how much of this album is them. I don't want people to get the impression I'm writing anything." Stream the song here.

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