Day in Rock Report for 06/15/2015

Foo Fighters Cancel Shows After Dave Grohl Breaks Leg During Concert

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have cancelled a pair of shows on their current European tour following a leg fracture to frontman Dave Grohl after he fell off the stage in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 12.

"As witnessed by tens of thousands in attendance at Foo Fighters' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium, Dave Grohl took a nasty spill during the second song of the set," says the band. "With the help of on-site medical staff who patched him up temporarily, Dave was able to rejoin the band to complete that performance.

"While the full extent of Dave's injuries are still being determined, it was confirmed at a post-show hospital visit that he sustained at least one fracture. As a result, Foo Fighters have been forced to cancel their June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival as well as their June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland."

The Foo Fighters took an intermission following Grohl's accident, and then returned to the stage to play a series of covers before the singer rejoined them during a version of the Queen/David Bowie classic, "Under Pressure."

Following the Sweden incident, Grohl posted a photo of an x-ray displaying the fracture, adding "Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing." See the x-ray and video from the incident at the concert here.

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Lamb Of God Recruit Deftones and Dillinger Frontmen For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton has revealed that Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and his Dillinger Escape Plan counterpart Greg Puciato appear on upcoming album VII: Sturm Und Drang.

It's to be released on July 24, with some of the lyrics addressing vocalist Randy Blythe's Czech prison ordeal. Morton tells The Rockpit: "There are guests on the album - Greg is on Torches and Chino is on Embers.

"Torches is an oddball song. That was one I brought in and I didn't expect the guys to like it because of the way it was arranged. To my surprise, they took it."

But Morton adds that Blythe's experienced behind bars didn't affect his own work ahead of recording. Asked about its level of influence he says: "None. The lyrics kind of references some of that situation. But music is music." Read more and watch the new video for their track 512 here.

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Alice Cooper Does Plan To 'Kill' Motley Crue On Stage At Final Show

(TeamRock Radio) Alice Cooper says that he only offered to "kill" Motley Crue on stage as a joke at the end of their final show - but Tommy Lee loved the idea so much that it will happen.

Crue are on their Final Tour, which ends in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. Cooper is their main support and in January he said he'd lop off their heads with guillotines and auction them off on stakes.

Cooper, Lee and Crue singer Vince Neil spoke to TeamRock Radio ahead of Download, where Crue play the main stage on Sunday. Cooper says: "The idea was, because people were saying, 'It's not really gonna be the end,' and I go, 'New Year is their last show. You know how I know? Because I'm gonna kill them at the end.' Of course I was kidding, but Tommy said that wasn't a bad idea. With a machine gun and blood packs."

Cooper is known for 'dying' in a variety of ways during his own gigs, and Lee jokes that he doesn't want blood packs - he wants the real thing. Lee says: "No blood packs, real bullets. We're tired, we're old, we're cranky. You've gotta put us down." Read more here.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey and Oasis Liam Gallagher Rock Classic Song

(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey and Liam Gallagher teamed up to perform The Who classic, "My Generation", on the UK show TFI Friday on June 12. The one-off appearance was part of a 20th anniversary, 2-hour special for the UK series.

The pair were supported by a supergroup that included Who drummer Zak Starkey, former Oasis guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs and Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds.

The Who recently wrapped up a spring North American leg of their 50th anniversary farewell tour, "The Who Hits 50!" The band will open a European tour in Belfast on June 21, a trek that includes an appearance at the Glastonbury festival on June 28.

A fall North American run starts September 14 in San Diego, CA. Watch video from the TFI Friday performance here.

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Terror's Scott Vogel Injures Back During Concert

Terror frontman Scott Vogel was forced to sit out the final two concert of the band's tour with The Story So Far after the singer injured his back during a concert last week.

The band released the following message for fans via their Twitter account on Friday, "Last night, Scott injured his back pretty badly on stage and had to fly home to see how bad it is.

"We are NOT canceling tonight or tomorrow and our bass player David Wood will be singing. If you know the words please help us out and sing along. Scott sends his love and wishes he was here more than anything."

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Five Finger Death Punch Set A 'Different Groove' On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer says fans need not fear - they haven't gone down the prog road on their upcoming sixth album but the new music has a "different groove".

They issue Got Your Six on August 28 and drummer Spencer says while it does see the band tread new ground, fans shouldn't expect any major changes in direction.

He tells TeamRock Radio: "Definitely not prog, but I think people will go, 'It's a different groove for them.' It definitely sounds like Death Punch and we are who we are at this point. It's our sixth album. But there are some moments here and there where maybe we change up the grooves a little bit and have some different feels and tempos that we haven't done before.

"I think people are gonna dig it. I don't think they're gonna go, 'It doesn't sound like them at all, what happened?' It sounds like Death Punch, but it is different." Read more here.

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Videos From Aerosmith Summer Tour Kick Off Go Online

(hennemusic) Aerosmith opened their Blue Army summer tour at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on June 13 and several videos from the show have been posted online.

The Boston band's 16-song set opened with their 1977 classic, "Draw The Line", and featured several of the group's 1970s classics, including "Toys In The Attic", "Back in The Saddle", "Mama Kin" and their signature tune, "Walk This Way", before closing with "Sweet Emotion."

The 15-date North American tour - with guests Living Colour - was inspired by the fans, according to guitarist Joe Perry. "The name Blue Army came from the fact that everyone in our audience from the 70's were wearing blue denim," he explains, "and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army."

Aerosmith warmed up for the tour with a private, invitation-only show at Petco Park in San Diego, California on June 10 for guests attending the Cisco Live! Convention in the city. Watch videos from the tour kick off here.

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Tony Iommi Remixing Forbidden Black Sabbath Album

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that he will remix the band's 1995 album, "Forbidden", for its upcoming 20th anniversary reissue. "Forbidden" also represents Sabbath's last album before three-quarters of the original group reunited for 2013's "13."

"I really like the album but I was never happy with the overall sound," says Iommi, "so I'm going to re-mix it before it comes out again. Can't say when, too much going on right now."

Issued in June of 1995, the group's 18th studio album was the final Sabbath project to feature Tony Martin on vocals alongside Iommi and a lineup that featured bassist Neil Murray, keyboardist Geoff Nichols and drummer Cozy Powell. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Heading For Top 10 Debut

(hennemusic) The newly-released reissue of the Rolling Stones 1971 album classic, "Sticky Fingers", appears to be headed for US Top 10 debut. Billboard reports industry forecasters predict the package will sell around 35,000 copies in its opening week.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The chart's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 18. The Rolling Stones are currently playing concerts on their Zip Code tour of North America to promote the expanded reissue, which is rounded out with alternate and unreleased tracks from the sessions. Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine's Tuck Promises Angry New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Matt Tuck says he worked hard to make Bullet For My Valentine's fifth album Venom an angry-spirited work - because that's what their fans wanted.

The follow-up to 2013's Temper Temper is released on August 14, and it's their first to feature bassist Jamie Mathias, who replaced Jay James earlier this year. The record sees BFMV delving into their pre-record deal days for inspiration.

Tuck tells Billboard: "People were wanting a pissed-off band, and it's hard to write stuff like that when I don't feel it on a personal level. So it was more writing this style of song that I did before the band got signed - making a conscious effort to do something that wasn't very nice."

He reflects that "some of the most horrible, nasty lyrics are some of our most popular songs" and adds: "It's weird how people have such a strong, positive reaction to lyrics which aren't very nice at all. But I guess that's why people love our band in the first place." here.

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Clutch Frontman Reveals Release Plans For New Album Psychic Warfare

(hennemusic) Clutch frontman Neil Fallon has confirmed the band will release its new album, "Psychic Warfare", in September. The project marks the Maryland group's follow-up to 2013's "Earth Shaker" and will be issued via their own Weathermaker Music label.

"It comes out the third week of September, globally," Fallon tells Kerrang at UK"s Download Festival . "It's got eleven songs on it, and it's probably faster than 'Earth Rocker'. We wrote it pretty quickly after 'Earth Rocker', so we were, kind of, still in that headspace. It's got some thrashers on it."

Clutch recorded the project at their own facility as well as producer Machine's studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. Songs set to appear on "Psychic Warfare" include "X-Ray Visions", "Firebird", "Quick Death In Texas", "Our Lady Of Electric Lights", "Monsters", "Decapitation Blues" and "Son Of Virginia." Watch the interview here.

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Slash Releases 'You're A Lie' Video From Upcoming Release

(hennemusic) Slash has released a performance video of "You're A Lie" as a preview to his forthcoming package, "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14," which will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD, BitTorrent Bundle 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 shows Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to launch 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 new video here.

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Slipknot's Clown In A Reflective Mood

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot's Clown is in reflective mood at Download and says he's happy with his life despite the troubles faced by the band in recent years. Bassist Paul Gray died in 2010 after losing his battle with drug addiction and his loss still plays on percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan's mind.

But five years on, with the band headlining the main stage at Donington this past week, he's as focused as he's ever been. He tells TeamRock Radio: "I hate people more than ever, I hate this sh*t more than ever. I'm just getting to be a grumpy old man maybe. These days I'm just trying to be the best man I can be.

"I can always be a better father, a better husband, a better friend and a better bandmate. After all these years and this dedication, losing our brother Paul and other things that have happened that have been devastating and mind-blowing to what we do, I just try to look at my hands and realise that I have a good decision to make or a bad one and I try to make the best one.

"I'm just trying to be the best I can be for the band, for the fans and for myself. I would never go back and change anything, I'm happy with where I am. I've done a lot of self reflecting on what it means to be the Clown in a band called Slipknot - a father of four, husband of 23 years, my eldest is 24 now." Read more here.

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Black Stone Cherry Shooting For Spring Album Release

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry aim to have their fifth album out in the spring of next year. The band headline the 2016 UK Carnival Of Madness tour where they'll be joined by Shinedown, Halestorm and Highly Suspect in January and February.

The band's frontman Chris Robertson expects a single out before then, with the follow-up to Magic Mountain to follow. Robertson tells TeamRock Radio:

"We've got tour dates up until September and we're gonna start recording in October or November and hopefully have the album ready to be released in the spring next year, after the Carnival Of Madness tour. We hope to have a new song out for radio before we come over for the Carnival tour." Read more here.

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Faith No More Wanted To Avoid Nostalgia With Reunion

(Classic Rock) Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin says the band were fearful of outstaying their welcome on their comeback tour. FNM reunited in 2009 for a run of festival shows and soon set their sights on recording their first new material since 1997's Album Of The Year.

And Bordin says it was the realization they might be relying too heavily on nostalgia that eventually led to the recording and release of Sol Invictus in May.

He tells TeamRock Radio: "About halfway into the 2.0 shows, we'd done about 30 shows, and it felt really great. We said, 'I can see the end in sight unless we have something new to say.'

"You'd feel a little uncomfortable about dragging nostalgia out. And that was one thing none of us wanted, was nostalgia. We wanted to see if it was viable, how we felt about playing it and where it would lead us, if there was a future. It was kind of all of us saying it."

Bordin adds that bassist Billy Gould sent a demo of the track Matador, and the rest of the band were thrilled about the potential. Read more here.

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Robert Cray Plans To Release Another Live Album

(The Blues As reported in his interview in the current issue of The Blues, Robert Cray is planning to release his third live album, he's revealed. It follows last year's studio outing, In My Soul, while his previous two non-studio titles were 2006's Live From Across The Pond and 2010's Authorized Bootleg, recorded in 1987.

Cray tells the Courant: "I've always loved playing live - it's just a nice way to show off the band. You're baring your soul. You have no place to hide. We're a different band in front of a crowd."

The upcoming album will be a selection from four shows he recently played with bassist Richard Cousins, keyboardist Dover Weinberg and drummer Les Falconer.

Cray says: "There's no point in replicating what you did in the studio. I learned that a long time ago. The challenge is to nail it without playing the same solo or going with a different tempo." Read more here.

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Tracer Reveal New Song 'Astronaut Juggernaut'

(TeamRock Radio) Tracer have released a lyric video for 'Astronaut Juggernaut', taken from the band's third studio album, 'Water For Thirsty Dogs'. The album - which was self-produced at Echo Bar Studios in North Hollywood, California - will be released on July 27 through Odyssey Music.

Says frontman Michael Brown: "The album has the sound we had always had in our head for the band. The drums were loud and live, the guitars were aggressive and angry, the bass held down the low end like an elephant and I had never been happier with my voice.

"The songs took you on a journey, they built to climaxes, they made me cry, they made me want to pour beer on myself and party!" Check out the new lyric video here.

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Architects Release Live Broken Cross and The Devil Is Near Video

(TeamRock Radio) Architects have released a live video featuring their tracks Broken Cross and The Devil Is Near. It was recorded on their European tour earlier this year which also saw them top the bill at last month's Slam Dunk festival.

Both tracks are taken from their sixth studio album Lost Forever//Lost Together which was released in 2014. They headlined London's Roundhouse in March - something frontman Sam Carter never expected to happen after experiencing live problems in the past.

He told Metal Hammer: "We just wanted to have another stab at touring. We headlined Koko on Hollow Crown and it felt like such an achievement. Then we couldn't sell out the Kentish Town Forum on the Here And Now tour, so it was almost like being a kid again, having something taken away from you and having to win it back from scratch. It's quite an exciting challenge to have!" Watch the video here.

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L7 Amazed By Reaction To Their Reunion

(Classic Rock) L7 are too caught up in the joy of their long-awaited reunion to consider writing new material - but they expect that to change as the comeback gathers pace.

The all-girl grunge icons played the Encore Stage at Download this weekend, just nine days into their first run of dates since 2001. A Kickstarter campaign to fund a planned documentary about the band was launched last year and the live return came on the back of that.

Singer/guitarist Donita Sparks tells TeamRock Radio: "The shows have been amazing. A lot of beautiful young people. We thought it would be a bunch of geezers, people who saw us 20 years ago. And it's this whole new thing.

"We were pretty blown away by the Kickstarter campaign because you don't know if it's gonna go over well or not. It's covered the cost of the film thus far. People are contributing generously. Those were older people with money and now we see younger people at the shows."

Bassist Jennifer Finch adds: "We didn't know what was gonna happen, we had no idea. We were sitting in Los Angeles and having our lives. We were like, 'Do people want this?'"

Joking that the L7 tour bus is a hotbed of sexual harassment, Sparks says the antics on the road could inspire new songs when they start writing again. Read more here.

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King 810 Release Eyes (Sleep It All Away) Video

(TeamRock Radio) King 810 have released a music video for their track Eyes (Sleep It All Away). It's taken from their 2014 debut album Memoirs Of A Murderer and was directed by John 'Quig' Quigley of Chrome Bumper Films.

Frontman David Gunn tells Loudwire: "Eyes is probably my favourite song from the record. Even after it was finished and the record was released I didn't have the feeling that the song was done. It wasn't until this video was finished and the visual was paired with the audio that I felt it was a completely done and was satisfied with it."

They released the track Revenge in May from the Midwest Monsters 2 mixtape and cancelled their planned European tour which included a set at this year's Download. It was the second time they've failed to appear at the Donington event following the arrests of Gunn and bassist Eugene Gill last year in the US.

Watch the video here.

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Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Addresses Solo Rumors

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says he has no plans to record a solo album - despite having been offered a record deal. He says stories about a one-man project began circulating because he discussed his desire to learn more about studio production by experimenting on himself.

Akerfeldt tells Rocksverige: "I got an offer from a record label to do a solo record not long ago. Those rumours come from me saying that I would like to do a thing like that to learn more about the technical aspect of recording.

"I was going to start in an easy way with just an acoustic guitar and vocals - a singer/songwriter record." But he continues: "It hasn't materialised. It was never decided. It was just something I said." Read more here.

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Hollywood Undead Slams Pop-Driven Market In U.S.

(TeamRock Radio) Hollywood Undead's Jorel Decker says he wants no part of America's pop-obsessed music scene. The singer says that while bands have to work harder to make it in Europe, it's more worthwhile in the long run.

Decker tells TeamRock Radio: "I think in Europe, in general, the fans are much more loyal. They're harder to earn, but they'll stick with you for a lot longer.

"In the States, it's a flash in the pan. It's a pop-driven music culture, it's not a rock-driven music culture any more. Unless you have big single out, no-one gives a damn.

"So I'd rather do well over here than over there, because over there all they care about is Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. Do I want to be a part of that? No, not really." Read more here.

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Anneke van Giersbergen Releases Box Set

(Prog) Anneke van Giersbergen has released a four-disc box set containing her Agua De Annique albums. The Gentle Storm vocalist describes her Day After Yesterday collection as "beautiful" and adds that it includes new photos and artwork plus additional liner notes.

Giersbergen says: "The four albums under the Agua de Annique tag mark a very important part of my career - and my life in general.The freedom to explore various musical styles and forms was super exciting.

It also gave me the opportunity to collaborate with many artist friends. I'm very proud of this wonderful box set and I've been actively involved in its creation." Read more and watch the promo video here.

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Leprous' Solberg Thinks Most Bands Main Problem Is Sincerity

(TeamRock Radio) Leprous mainman Einar Solberg says the secret to the band's creativity is their sincerity. They released fifth album The Congregation last month after aiming to ensure it was every bit as honest as 2013's Coal.

Solberg tells Prog Sphere: "I think sincerity is the main problem for people - they're too afraid of reactions. They're too afraid of disappointing their fans. If we'd started considering all the feedback we get from everyone we'd be completely confused, and we would be losing ourselves completely. It's just chaos if you start to consider all those things.

"In a composition process, the most important thing is to keep your distance from all expectations - just let the creativity flow. You'll always disappoint someone no matter what you do."

He reflects that it's impossible to please everyone anyway. "Being an artist is not exactly a win-win situation normally, because you always have people complaining no matter what you try to do," he says.

And that can lead to insecurity. "I can recognise myself very much in that," he admits. "Sometimes it takes one negative feedback to destroy 10 positive ones. But eventually I learnt to distance myself more and more from it. I don't take it very personal." Read more here.

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Purson Reveal First Single Details From Upcoming Album

(Classic Rock) Purson have revealed the first single from their upcoming second album will be called Electric Landlady. They release Desire's Magic Theatre later this year and singer Rosalie Cunningham says they'll be shooting a video for Electric Landlady which will see her naked and painted blue.

She tells TeamRock Radio: "Desire's Magic Theatre should be out in the autumn. It's more ambitious and has more scope in a rock opera kind of way. I think it's more direct as well. The songwriting has developed, it's clever pop music.

"The first single is going to be Electric Landlady and we're going to be doing a video for that. The album artwork will be linked with the video which involves me being naked and painted blue." Read more here.

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Aerosmith Play Private Show

(hennemusic) Aerosmith performed a private, invitation-only show at Petco Park in San Diego, California last Wednesday for guests attending the Cisco Live! Convention in the city and video from the event has been posted online.

The group's 15-song set opened with their 1977 classic, "Draw The Line", and relied heavily on the group's material from the 1970s. The show included a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Stop Messin Around", a track featured on Aerosmith's 2004 album, "Honkin' On Bobo."

The event also served as a warm-up for the band's Blue Army Tour, which opened in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday. "The name Blue Army came from the fact that everyone in our audience from the 70's were wearing blue denim," says guitarist Joe Perry, "and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army."

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 video from the private show here.

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Umphrey's McGee Frontman Talks London Session Album

(Prog) Umphrey's McGee didn't settle upon a tracklist for their London Session album until the day came to record it, says frontman Brendan Bayliss. And he believes the results are all the better for not having been overthought.

The band managed to secure a 12-hour slot at Abbey Road Studios last year to lay down the album, which was released in April. Bayliss tells Songfacts: "We had to acknowledge the time constraints. We went in hoping to get five songs done. We knew we had to work with songs we already knew - we couldn't really try to write or arrange much in the moment."

A list of ideas had been emailed between the band members, but he reports: "We really didn't talk much about it until the night before. And even the day of, things changed."

The sessions resulted in the launch of a 10-track album, including a cover of the Beatles' I Want You (She's So Heavy). Check out the video for that track and read more here.

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Lounge Kittens Stare Down Unresponsive Audience Members

(TeamRock Radio) Lounge Kittens say they turn unresponsive fans using the power of the intense stare. The all-girl trio toured with Steel Panther earlier this year and they say that while they were mostly well received, they did have to work on some punters.

The band tell TeamRock Radio: "We picked up loads of fans and people seemed to like it. There's always that one guy who refuses to have any fun. He stands there like, 'I'm not having any fun, this is not metal.'

"We try and turn them by looking at them for an entire song until they have to either look away or smile. And then we've won, and it works." Steel Panther have a reputation as women-obsessed rockers and their fans often play along. So much so that the Kittens took the stage on almost every night of the tour with audience chants of 'show your boobies' ringing in their ears. But it was all in the right spirit. The band say: "It was wicked, we didn't have to show our boobies at all." Read more here.

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Young Guns Talk 'Hare-Brained' Double Decker Bus Album Launch

(TeamRock Radio) Young Guns say their London bus album launch was a "hare-brained" scheme that ended up being an unforgettable experience. The British rockers released third album Ones And Zeros on June 8 and played five gigs aboard a double decker bus as they drove around the city.

Frontman Gustav Wood tells TeamRock Radio: "It was one of the many ridiculous ideas that we try to conjure up. That was a lot of fun. We're trying to things that are interesting and new and a little different. That was a hare-brained scheme that ended up coming to pass.

"It was an intense day. We were on a London double decker bus for about eight or nine hours and played five times." Check out the video of the double decker bus launch here.

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All Time Low Excited To Work With Their Heroes

(TeamRock Radio) All Time Low say they now feel part of the scene that inspired them to make music in the first place. They topped the UK charts for the first time with sixth album Future Hearts earlier this year. And singer Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat report that having the blessing of their musical heroes has cemented their place in the pop punk genre.

Gaskarth tells Music Radar: "It's pretty f***in' insane to have those moments where things come full circle. You're standing in a room with Blink-182's Mark Hoppus or Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day and think, 'Holy f***, we're friends.'

"But in the back of my mind I'm always in my bedroom playing their riffs that inspired me in the first place." He says that having Hoppus guest on their track Tidal Waves was "the icing on the cake" and adds: "It had the blessing of one of the guys we've always looked up to. That's pretty wild." Read more here.

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