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Day in Rock Report for 06/09/2015


Led Zeppelin Streaming Previously Unreleased Song

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased 1968 track, "Sugar Mama", as preview to the July 31 release of the expanded reissue of their 1982 album, "Coda."

The blues jam was recorded at Olympic Studios in London during sessions for the band's self-titled debut. "Coda" originally presented 8 unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978.

The reissue features two companion discs featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974, including 1968's "Baby Come On Home" and "Sugar Mama"; an early version of "When The Levee Breaks" from 1970 titled "If It Keeps On Raining"; rough mixes of "The Wanton Song" and "In The Light" from the "Physical Graffiti" sessions; and, an instrumental 1970 mix of "Poor Tom" and the previously unreleased instrumental "St. Tristan's Sword."

The set also presents "Friends" and "Four Hands" ("Four Sticks" from "Led Zeppelin IV"), two tracks recorded during a 1972 trip to India by Page and Robert Plant that saw the pair perform with the Bombay Orchestra. Check out the ,"Sugar Mama" song stream here.

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Falling In Reverse Frontman Sues Over Rape Claim

(TeamRock Radio) Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke has taken legal action against a woman who claimed he was involved in a group sexual assault. The 25-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, alleged via Facebook that Radke and some of his entourage had attacked her, leading to a number of physical injuries.

Radke denied the allegations, and has since filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles. The suit says (via Altpress, "The gist or sting of the Defamatory Statements is that Radke is a rapist, an alleged rapist and/or someone who condones rape by members of his entourage and that Radke has been arrested and has posted bailed [sic] for a violent sexual crime."

The complaint also states, "Ronald Radke has been exonerated as fully as can occur in less than one week: The police swabbed the tour bus and the car and found no evidence of a rape. The police have taken no action against Radke. The police did not arrest Radke. The prosecutor has not charged Radke. Radke was not required to post bail. No restrictions have been placed on Radke's movements." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Plan A Second Season Of 'Sonic Highways' TV Series

(hennemusic) Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl revealed in a new video interview that he has plans to shoot a second season of the Sonic Highways TV series at some point in the future.

The original project saw the band film the background and sessions for their 2014 album of the same name, which was recorded in studios in 8 different US cities.

"There is gonna be another Sonic Highways season," Grohl tells NME. "It might - or might not - be international. It might someday be international. It might only be England…or England and other places…or maybe its other places in America and people from other countries who are inspired by these places in America.The great idea about the concept is that it can be anywhere because every city has some sort of musical history."

"Of all the places in the world," Grohl continued, "England and the UK seems like it would be like shooting fish in a barrel because there's so f***ing much here."

The head Foo is not putting a timetable to the plan at this point, as the group have their hands full on a world tour in support of the 2014 album. "I'm sure it'll happen someday," adds Grohl. "I'm not sure when." Read more and watch the full interview clip here.

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Slipknot Killpop With New Music Video

(Radio.com) Slipknot have revealed the third music video, "Killpop," taken from the band's latest album 5: The Gray Chapter, an impressionistic and customarily creepy crawl through the band's foreboding aesthetic.

The clip, directed by the band's percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan, opens in a dilapidated warehouse, where two women in matching half-black/half-white face paint and skin-tight bondage wear are cavorting ominously amongst the wreckage.

Band members lurk in the shadows, eventually coming together for performance shots with the bondage-clad women writhing to the riff-heavy but somewhat subdued (for Slipknot, anyway) track that highlights the melodic vocals of singer Corey Taylor.

The video is interspersed with colorful and quick but effective shots of co-percussionist Chris Fehn treating a beer keg like a gong with a baseball bat. "Killpop" is the third official video released from .5: The Grey Chapter, following visuals for "The Negative One" and "The Devil in I." Check it out here.

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Thayer Denies Engineered Ace Frehley's Exit From KISS

(Classic Rock) Tommy Thayer says accusations that he engineered his way into Ace Frehley's job are wide off the mark. The guitarist has filled Frehley's boots as the Spaceman character in Kiss since 2003, but before that he worked backstage for the band and played in a Kiss tribute band.

Frehley last year said Thayer was just a "guy up there copying me," and fans have long accused Thayer of planning to oust Freely and land his dream job. Thayer tells the Newcastle Herald: "It's funny because people have always said, 'Oh Tommy, you had a grand design,' or, 'You planned this out perfectly and you're so smart,' and all this sort of thing. But it really didn't work out that way."

His first gig with the band was in 2002 when Frehley refused to play at a private show in Jamaica. Thayer adds: "Doc McGhee, the band's manager, had called me and said, 'The other guy's not gonna show up for this gig, we know that now for sure, so we want you to make sure to be ready to play and come down and don the make-up, put the Spaceman outfit on and do this gig.'

"So the first gig was really as a fill-in. We didn't know where everything was going at that point but then, by the time we got to the beginning of 2003, I was officially in the band." Read more here.

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Taj Mahal Cancels Series Of Live Dates

(The Blues Taj Mahal has cancelled all of his scheduled concerts through June and July so that he can take a "much needed break", which is sparking fears over his health.

Mahal, 73, has toured steadily for years and the gigs affected include his scheduled appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 13 and the Vancouver Folk Festival on July 19.

A statement on his website reads: "It is with regret that The Maestro finds it necessary, at this time, to take a much needed break from the demands of his constant touring schedule.

"This brief hiatus will allow the time to re-charge his health and vitality." Read more here.

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Dan Aykroyd Plans The Blues Brothers Return

(The Blues Dan Aykroyd has revealed he's working on a follow-up to 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. He played Elwood Blues in the 1980 original and starred alongside John Belushi.

Aykroyd is now working with the late actor's brother Jim on a film which he hopes to release on DVD and via on-demand TV services. He tells the Daily Mail: "I have a story in mind, and that might be something Universal may be interested in. A feature? I don't think so, they wouldn't back that, but maybe something to video.

"I might do a straight to video with a lot of music and that kind of thing where we could really pack it with music, make it a little smaller and still a valid piece of art." Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Streaming New Song '512'

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God have released a stream of their track 512 from upcoming album VII: Storm Und Drang. The follow-up to 2012's Resistance is released on July 24 via Nuclear Blast

The new album is said to be heavily influenced by frontman Randy Blythe's Czech prison experience, before he was acquitted of manslaughter over the 2010 death of fan Daniel Nosek.

Blythe recently told how 512, named after one of the cells he was kept in, was inspired by the gift of a scrubbing sponge to his cellmate. He said: "It was like he'd brought back a stereo system or something. It was so nice to have something to clean things with, because it was f***ing filthy in there. This little sponge was so wonderful and we were so grateful to have it." Stream the song here.

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Garbage Announce Dates For 20th Anniversary Tour

(Radio.com) It's been two decades since Garbage released their self-titled debut album and to celebrate, the band will be doing a victory lap across the United States.

Dubbed the 20 Years Queer Tour, Shirley Manson and Co. will be hitting cities throughout the fall. Starting in San Diego on Oct. 6, Garbage will play a string of West Coast dates, including shows at Oakland's Fox Theater and Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, and then head east from there.

They'll be stopping along the way in midwestern cities like Chicago (Riviera Theatre), and land in Washington, D.C., where they'll close out their U.S. tour with a two-night residency at the 9:30 Club Oct. 28-29.

Garbage will also mark their 20th anniversary by releasing a special edition of their eponymous first album that's remastered and includes remixes and previously unheard versions of songs.

"Garbage was born out of such unusual elements and unusual circumstances, and we were shocked when the first record became such a success," said guitarist Steve Marker in a press release. "We're just as surprised to be here now, intact, so many years later, enthusiastically preparing to get back on the road with that album and all its attendant b-sides and lord knows what else. A big piece of our lives remains caught up in the making of that record, and we know it holds a special place for the fans that have kept us going for so long. We can't wait. This tour is going to be a blast." Check out the tour dates here.

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Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt Reacts To Jimmy Fallon's Video Remake

Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was the featured guest on the latest episode of Wikimetal and he discussed Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black's recent frame-by-frame remake of the "More Than Words" video.

The show sent over these excerpts from the Bettencourt interview. On the remake: "It was pretty funny. It was actually a surprise because we didn't know, nobody told us or called us saying 'hey we're doing this video' so I was on the west coast and it came on the east cost first, and I got a few friends calling me saying 'hey, are you watching?' I didn't know what they were talking about. It was confusing and crazy because I had no idea."

"It was done in good taste, they weren't making fun of it, I think they were very respectful. I mean, when a guy puts on a wig and paints his nails and acts like you, it's very flattering"

On More Than Words hitting #1: "We were in the UK and getting phone calls here and there from family and friends saying that the song was playing a lot on the radio, tv... And we were in Germany when we got a phone call and Billboard said that the song would be a #1 tomorrow.

"And it was kind of strange because we weren't seeing it happen. This was before internet days, you know. So it was pretty amazing to find out that in the county that we were always struggling to make anything happen, our song went to number 1, so it's pretty special." Listen to the full episode here.

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Newly Recovered John Lennon Guitar To Be Auctioned

(Radio.com) An item like the guitar John Lennon used to record early Beatles hit "Love Me Do" might be called priceless by some, but in reality, everything has a price, and the one for this guitar is between an estimated $600,000 and $800,000.

Yes, the newly recovered instrument, a 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic that was missing for nearly 50 years, is hitting the auction blocks. As Rolling Stone tells it, Lennon purchased the guitar in September 1962 and used it to write a number of classics with Paul McCartney, including "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Please, Please, Me," "All My Loving," "From Me to You" and "This Boy."

The guitar later went missing in 1963, at a Beatles concert at the Finsbury Park Christmas Show, only to be found and authenticated last year. It was apparently purchased by an amateur guitar player named John McCaw in the 1970s for a couple hundred dollars. Later, a friend noticed the guitar in a book of Beatles memorabilia. Read more here.

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Aerosmith Learned From Music From Another Dimension

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says the band have learned lessons from the mixed response to 2012 album Music From Another Dimension. And he's hoping they can at least try to record a follow-up next year.

Their 15th record was released after a tumultuous time that saw attempts to replace frontman Steven Tyler after he suffered an alcoholic relapse. It failed to live up to expectations, with a Metacritic average review rating of 54%.

Perry tells AZCentral: "I think I figured out what the fans have been asking for all these years. 'Why don't you do another Toys In The Attic or whatever?'

"There are certain things about those songs that you can try and recreate but the reason those songs are so powerful is because they've been around so many years. It's impossible to recreate that - you can write a great song but it's got to be around for 30 years."

He believes at least some of the tracks on Another Dimension will stand the test of time. "There were a couple songs in there that if you heard them live, you'd get off on them," he says. "We didn't get a chance to tour the record with the kind of emphasis that we did 30 years ago.

"And I think that if some of those songs had come out at a different time, they might have gotten a little more notice." Read more here.

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Muse Discuss New Concept Album 'Drones'

(Radio.com) Amid the distant beating bass line heard backstage at KROQ's Weenie Roast Y Fiesta, Radio.com caught up with Muse drummer Dominic Howard, who beamed over his band's latest release, Drones.

In a world focused on selling singles, Muse is apparently not scared of releasing an album designed to be listened as a whole. In fact, Howard hails the process of recording an entire album as "art form," to be listened to from start to finish. And, with that directive, Howard says it was frontman Matt Bellamy who created the storyline.

The album's first track follows a person who's lost hope and becomes swept up by "darker forces," explained Bellamy in a BBC interview (via NME). As the album progresses, the person becomes brainwashed by the military thereby becoming a drone, but eventually fights to free himself from the mental shackles in songs like "Revolt" and "Defector." The album comes to a head with the whopping 10-minute track "Globalist," about a dictator who starts World War III as a means to find love.

When compared to Pink Floyd's The Wall, Howard smiles and admits, "I suppose the album is a bit of a concept album, yeah. It's probably the most conceptual album that we've done."

The band has tried their hand at weaving story lines though a few tracks here or there, but as for Drones Howard says, "It has a narrative, which is something that we've never tried to do." Read more here.

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The Compulsions To Rock Alice Cooper Radio Show This Week

The Compulsions, featuring Rob Carlyle, Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses), Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses) and Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), will be appearing on Alice Cooper's radio show this week.

The band recently sat down for an interview and a performance of their new single "Lucky" for the rock legend's nationally syndicated show "Nights With Alice Cooper" and their appearance will air this Thursday, June 11.

The band has also released a new long-form trailer for their acclaimed new album "Dirty Fun." Rob Carlyle explains how the new trailer came about, "I recently became friends with a filmmaker named Andree Ljutica and Andree took an interest in the band, so I invited him to film us in the recording studio.

"After he shot the footage another friend, Owen Plotkin, offered the services of his editing studio, The Now Corporation. I couldn't have made this thing without those guys, so obviously I'm extremely grateful." Check out the trailer here.

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Megadeth's Dave Ellefson On Advantages Of Former Music Training

(Classic Rock) Dave Ellefson reckons his "formal training" in music helps with his work in Megadeth. The bassist says his musical education not only helps when it comes to songwriting, but also saves time - and therefore money - in the studio.

He tells Maricopa Edu: "I started to be formally trained, though church organ lessons and then through the tenor saxophones. So by the time I got my hands on a bass, I could read music. But I think getting some formal education really helps.

"Being able to talk in a little bit more proper musical language, I think it only helps your experience. It helps you be less frustrated, it helps you be more economical with your time, especially in the studios, where time really is money."

Ellefson adds that having a grounding in formal music training helps make Megadeth's loud and fast-paced songs easier to work on. He says: "Even in a group like Megadeth, we play with a lot of dynamics. With everything loud all the time, nothing seems loud anymore. If everything is fast all the time, you sort of get numb to the impact of accelerated tempo.

"So I think understanding things on a musical level helps you be a much better composer and definitely a much better performer." Watch the full interview clip here.

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Solstafir Say Palmason Left Due To 'Deep Personal Conflict'

(Prog) Solstafir have responded to former drummer Gummi Palmason's claims over his departure from the band. This week he accused the Icelandic outfit of dismissing him in January without warning, then ordering him to keep quiet if he wanted them to consider changing their minds.

He also claimed frontman Addi Tryggvason tried to register the band's name behind his colleagues' back after his dismissal. Now Solstafir say in a statement: "There are always two sides to every story. No one knows the whole story other than those directly involved.

"As is the case in any relationship, all parties play their roles in creating and ending it. Both parties have their versions, and often at times, the point gets lost along the way, buried in emotions.

"The bottom line is, Gummi is no longer in the band, because of a deep personal conflict that involves all three remaining members and cannot be solved. He is well aware of this."

The band say that they're sorry over taking so long to comment, and add: "Despite what we have read that appears to have been written in anger, bitterness, and seemingly spite, we continue to hold no ill will and sincerely want to thank him for all of his hard work and being such a huge part of the band for all these years." here.

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Parkway Drive Release 'Vice Grip' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Parkway Drive have unveiled the first track from their upcoming album "Ire," with the release of a music video for the song "Vice Grip." The new album will be released in September.

Taking something of a step away from their hardcore roots, the Parkway guys have headed in a 'more metal' direction. Speaking about the band's upcoming fifth album, frontman Winston McCall says:

"This is the album for us. Every single step of the way, whenever there was gamble to take, we took the biggest one we could. If this isn't the album that can go further than anything we thought was possible with this band and this type of music, that's fine, but we can't go back from this as far as we're concerned."

Watch the video here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's Spencer Addresses Onstage Meltdown

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer spoke to Access Rock about his side of the story about the band's onstage meltdown in Memphis in May.

Some fans believed they were witnessing 5FPD's final moments after everyone but singer Ivan Moody left the stage, leaving him to deliver a confused monologue.

But Spencer says there was no chance they were going to quit. He tells Access Rock: "It's not like we're proud of what happened - we're not. It's a shame. We hope to go there and make it better.

"It was a bad night. We were getting ready to go on, there's thousands of people there, and we're trying to get sound issues sorted out. Ivan took it a little harder than the rest of us, and he's not happy about what happened. But we're human, and we reacted in a way we shouldn't have." Read more here.

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Children Of Bodom Reveal New Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Children Of Bodom have revealed details of ninth album I Worship Chaos. The band, who recently parted ways with guitarist Roope Latvala after 12 years, will release the follow-up to 2013's Halo Of Blood on October 2 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Alexi Laiho says: "We are close to putting the finishing touches on I Worship Chaos, and as much fun - but most importantly raw, literally bloody-knuckled hard work - as it has been making it, I'm more than happy and even more anxious to share this chaos with the rest of the world.

"Put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt - in a perfect COB fashion of course!" The band say they'll embark on a "momentous worldwide trek" to support the album. Check out the album art and the track details here.

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Testament Frontman Shares Crazy Tour Story Of Bar Brawl

(TeamRock Radio) Testament frontman Chuck Billy has recalled the night the band and their crew were involved in a bar room brawl on Bourbon Street, New Orleans for the latest installment of Crazy Tour Stories.

He says the incident happened when the group had a night off on tour in 2000/01. And although he and his bandmates managed to get safely away, the road crew were arrested following the fracas.

Billy tells Digital Tour Bus: "It was us and the whole crew and we were having a good time. The people next to us I guess weren't because they wanted some trouble and they ended up starting some problems with our lighting guy.

"They knocked his beer over and said he was sitting in their seat. We said, 'You owe that guy a beer, that ain't cool.' The guy just gave us the bird and told us where to go and at that point it was on."

He continues: "It was literally like a bar room brawl. We had pool cues and we were tomahawking people, breaking chairs over people's heads - it was like a movie. It got really ugly and we ended up surviving and getting out of it. The crew stayed and the cops came and arrested them."

Billy says police later told them that the venue had a reputation for fighting and that they were lucky to walk away unharmed. He adds: "We all felt pretty good about it. 'Yeah, we went to New Orleans and kicked ass and had a great time.'" Watch the episode here.

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Reveals Unusual Inspiration For New Song

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has told how a track on upcoming album VII: Sturm Und Drang was inspired by the gift of a scrubbing sponge while he was in jail - because it made a huge difference to his life behind bars.

He's previously told how some of the record's lyrical content came from his time in prison in the Czech Republic before being acquitted of the manslaughter of fan Daniel Nosek in 2010. The song Still Echoes, launched last month, was written about a Nazi guillotine in the complex where he was held.

Now Blythe tells Decibel: "The other song that deals directly is called 512. I was in three different cells while I was in prison, and the second one was number 512.

"I started writing it as an essay on the nature of time and entitlement in modern society. Because time seems to move differently in prison-it really does. It's f***ing strange."

But the concept changed to an exploration of entitlement. "One day my cellmate did some mopping for the guards, so they gave him a scrubbie, like a sponge that you'd get for 99c at the grocery store," he recalls.

"It was like he'd brought back a stereo system or something. It was so nice to have something to clean things with, because it was f***ing filthy in there. This little sponge was so wonderful and we were so grateful to have it." Read more here.

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Nightwish's Tuomas Holopainen Flattered To Influence Other Bands

(TeamRock Radio) Tuomas Holopainen says it's "flattering" when other band's cite Nightwish as an influence. But he says while he listens to a lot of other symphonic metal artists, he's yet to hear one ripping-off the Nightwish sound.

He tells radio station WSOU: "Nightwish wouldn't exist without bands like The 3rd And The Mortal or Metallica, or film composers from Hans Zimmer to James Newton Howard. So we have our idols as well and if we've been able to influence some other bands, that's just flattering. But I've never come across a copycat band."

They released their eighth album Endless Forms Most Beautiful in March via Nuclear Blast - their first with frontwoman Floor Jansen. She recently admitted she needed pre-tour nerves to make sure she performed at her best on stage. They begin a European tour this weekend and will play London's Wembley Arena on December 19. Stream the full interview here.

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Ghost Release 'Cirice' Video

(hennemusic) Swedish occult rockers Ghost have released a new music video for the song "Cirice", the lead single from their forthcoming third album, "Meliora," which is set for release on August 21st.

The project sees the debut of new vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls following the resignation of his three-month older brother Papa Emeritus II, who himself took over from original singer Papa Emeritus.

"Meliora" - latin for "better" - follows the band's second album and major label debut, 2013's "Infestissumam" (latin for "hostile"), which debuted at number one in Sweden and won the Swedish Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album.

Ghost debuted Papa Emeritus III and four songs from "Meliora" at Doom in Linköping, Sweden on June 3. Check out the new video here.

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Creeper Release New Video, Land Deal With Roadrunner Records

(TeamRock Radio) Creeper have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records, the band have announced. They launched their self-titled debut EP in December last year and are currently working on their next EP - the first with their new label.

Frontman Will Gould says: "Roadrunner Records has been a constant in our lives ever since we were young. They have been a hugely important part of my young life, from picking up the first Slipknot album to The Misfits' Famous Monsters.

"To be involved with a record company who have put out some the defining records of our youth is incredibly exciting for us. It's difficult to convey just how thrilled we are to be joining the Roadrunner family and to be making records together."

Gould, along with bassist Sean Scott, drummer Dan Bratton and guitarists Ian Miles and Sina Nemati have also released a music video for the track Lie Awake. View it here.

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Glenn Hughes Announces South American Tour

(hennemusic) Bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes has announced dates for a summer tour of South America. Hughes will perform highlights from his extensive career, including music from Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed and solo material.

Hughes will perform eight shows on the continent starting August 13 in Lima, Peru; along the way he'll play concerts in Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The tour marks Hughes return to South America for his first solo live performances in the region in almost 10 years.

The bassist will be joined by Revolution Saints guitarist Doug Aldrich and Swedish drummer Pontus Engborg for the dates, which precede his previously-announced fall trek across Europe. Check out the dates here.

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Singled Out: Honor By August's Mad Mission

Honor By August release their brand new "Four Sides" EP today (June 9th) and to celebrate we asked vocalist/guitarist Michael Pearsall to tell us about the song "Mad Mission" which is featured on the new EP.
Here is the story:

I was out in LA a couple years ago and got set up to write with one of the original members of Augustana, Josiah Rosen. I met him up in the Hollywood Hills where he was staying. I played him this charging guitar part that I had worked up on my acoustic and he suggested the idea of writing a song about how life is kind of a mad mission. I could totally relate to that.

There are so many things we are trying to do in life and we never know for sure if we're going to succeed, but we go for it anyway. Maybe it's all for naught. No one knows the future but it's in the pursuit of our dreams that the real reward comes. It's the power of the connections we make with other people and the trail we blaze that is left behind. It's the love for one another, the love for the dream that outlasts our human experience.

The band and I got together a few months later to work out the tune at our friends' place in rural Coatesville, PA. It's an old schoolhouse on a beautiful piece of land that we have been fortunate enough to use from time to time to get into a zone and really work on our songs. I remember how great it felt working on Mad Mission because it was a song I was really excited about and to hear it grow into the full band arrangement was something special. Hearing Brian bang away on the drums, Evan coming up with the perfect guitar lines and Chris throw in harmonies in all the right places really brought the song to life.

There are so many things that we can't control, but what we can control is the art that we put out into the world: art that will hopefully last long after we're gone. It's only because we put so much love into it that it stands a chance. We might be missing something between nothing and everything, but we're still searching. We're still chasing those dreams… even if it is a mad mission.

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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