Day in Rock Report for 06/23/2015

Disturbed End Hiatus With New Album and Release New Video

Disturbed have confirmed that they have ended their four year hiatus and today released a music video for "The Vengeful One", the first single from their forthcoming studio album.

The band had teased their return with online videos of their mascot The Guy and on Tuesday they made the return official with the announcement that their new album "Immortalized" will be released on August 21st.

The announcement included the release of the album's first single "The Vengeful One" and an animated video for the track that was made by award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci.

The band's return dates back to January of last year when the band members met in a Chicago restaurant and a short time later began secretly working on the new album at Las Vegas' Hideout Recordings with producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch].

Guitarist Dan Donegan explains the selection of the producer, "The goal was to find a producer we felt creatively comfortable with, but who could challenge us and spark a new evolution. Churko did that."

Frontman David Draiman had this to say about the recording experience, "For this album, everything was written in the same room. It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference."

Donegan expects fans will be pleased with the new music, "I think the fans will feel like it was worth the wait. We've been planning this for the past year and keeping it a secret so we can't wait to hear the response. I hope fans realize we have a lot more left in us. This album reassured me of that.

"To be away from it for almost 5 years, get back in a room, write together, and tap into that fire is awesome. Part of me didn't want to leave the studio! We still have a lot more to say. We still have a lot more to do. We're returning stronger than ever. I think Immortalized shows that."

Watch the "The Vengeful One" video here.

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Slaves Guitarist Alex Lyman Stabbed By Alleged Felon

(TeamRock Radio) Slaves (US) guitarist Alex Lyman has been stabbed in what he says was an unprovoked attack. He sustained a serious puncture wound to his side and slashes to his throat and arms after a verbal assault boiled over.

Lyman says on his Instagram account: "I was stabbed in the side with a four-inch cut that is two inches deep and a centimeter from my spleen. This was all from a felon with prior charges who is now in prison. There was no confrontation and nothing was done to provoke this. It was because I'm a 'f*ggot in skinny jeans.'"

He continues: "I have multiple slices on my throat and arms, but only one serious. I'll still be at all the Slaves dates. Wish the world could stop hating what they don't understand." Read more and see the photo that Lyman posted here.

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Vivian Campbell Won't Miss Def Leppard Tour For Cancer Treatments

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that he will receive cancer treatments around the band's North American summer tour schedule and that he'll only miss the first two dates of the trek with Styx and Tesla - which opens in Tampa, Florida tonight (June 23).

This past week, Campbell - who was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013 - announced that the cancer had returned for the first time since he underwent a stem cell transplant last fall.

Now, the guitarist reports doctors will treat the health issue in such a way that he'll be able to rejoin the tour this weekend after missing shows in Tampa, FL (June 23) and West Palm Beach, FL (June 25).

"So, so happy to report that I've dodged the bullet of radiation," says Campbell. "I was due to start a course that would have sidelined me for most of the first leg of the US tour, but my brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour this Saturday night in Birmingham Alabama.

"Furthermore, they've tailored future treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so I won't have to miss any more shows." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Stream Previously Unreleased Track

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering "Hots On For Nowhere (Reference Mix)", an unreleased mix of the original track as featured on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1976 album, "Presence."

Due July 31, the project features the original album plus a bonus disc featuring five unreleased mixes from the sessions, including alternate versions of "For Your Life," "Achilles Last Stand" and "Royal Orleans" alongside the previously unheard instrumental, "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)."

Led Zeppelin's seventh album, "Presence" hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atalantic, topping the UK charts and the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 3 million copies in the States alone.

"Presence" is one of three albums set to be issued on July 31 that will wrap up a year-long reissues campaign by the group; also due is 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda."

All three have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a companion audio disc featuring previously unreleased material related to the original release. Stream the new track here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Released From The Hospital

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has left hospital in the US. He received emergency medical attention earlier this month, forcing the band to cut short their US tour.

He later reported he'd undergo a "big operation" at Stanford University Hospital for marfans - a genetic disorder affecting the heart. He's previously been treated for the condition.

Now he's posted a photo of his discharge sheet via Instagram, which follows with a shot of a doctor who looked after him. Carlile says: "Dr Craig Miller literally held my heart in his hands about five years ago. Today it's still working. Today I'm still alive - that's what you call a hero."

He's previously said: "Even when I finally do get back home, there's still progress to be had from there. Small steps!" Read more and see his online posts here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Guitarist Recovering From Pyro Accident

(TeamRock Radio) 5 Seconds Of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford says he's feeling "good" after his recent onstage accident - but they've changed their stage show as a result.

His hair caught fire during a show in London last week when he got too close to a pyro, forcing the band to end their encore early. That's led them to scrap pyrotechnics for future performances.

Clifford jokes with radio KIIS1065: "I was shredding so fast that my fingers caught on fire and burnt me." He continues: "I'm all good - luckily it wasn't any worse. I sprained my ankle on stage two weeks before that then I got a bad back, so I'm not doing well these past few weeks."

Asked if they'll keep using pyro, he says: "No. We've got cute little confetti that comes out. It's like a party, but it's also kinda rock'n'roll." Read more here.

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David Bowie To Launch Career-Spanning Box Set Series

(hennemusic) David Bowie will launch a new series of career-spanning box sets this fall with the September 25 release of "Five Years 1969-1973." The 10 album/12 CD box, 10 album/13-piece vinyl set and digital download will feature all of the material officially released by Bowie during the era.

The package includes six studio albums, two live releases and "Re:Call 1", an exclusive, new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions & B-sides.

All versions of "Five Years 1969-1973" will present a 2003 stereo remix of "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" by the album's original co-producer, Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album.

Among the tracks featured on the "Re:Call 1" compilation are a previously unreleased single edit of "All The Madmen" - originally set for a US release but never actually issued - and the original version of "Holy Holy", which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn't been available in any official package since.

"Five Years 1969-1973" will also include a companion book with rarely-seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by Ray Davies of The Kinks. Check out the package and track details here.

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Video Rush's Live Debut Of A Signals Classic Goes Online

(hennemusic) Rush performed the live debut of their 1982 "Signals" album track, "Losing It", in Toronto on June 19 and video of the performance of the song at the show has made its way online.

The second of the band's two hometown concerts on the R40 Live tour saw the premiere of the song and a guest appearance by violinist Ben Mink, who played on the original recording.

Rush's 9th album, "Signals" peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million copies in the States alone. Rush filmed both concerts in Toronto last week as part of their 40th anniversary R40 Live tour, marking the first time the band has filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years, dating back to a 1997 recording 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.

The R40 Live tour kicked off in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month. Watch video 20-camera fan mix of their performance of "Losing It" here.

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Former Queensryche Guitarist Chris DeGarmo Returns

(Prog) Former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo has returned to music by appearing on his daughter's debut EP. The co-founder left the prog metal outfit in 1997, and he's kept out of the limelight until working with 22-year-old Rylie on six-track self-titled release The Rue.

DeGarmo, now a private jet pilot, didn't want to push her into an interest in music - but when she was 15 she heard him playing an acoustic guitar and told him, "I think I've got something for that." He tells Billboard: "I'd just been waiting years for that."

He says of The Rue: "There's not a bunch of window dressing and high-production values - but it's heavy on an emotional connection and it has a directness to it. I'm really proud."

Rylie adds: "Music is my favourite thing in the world. It's the stuff of life for me, my soul's content. I feel so alive and happy and functional when I'm making music - I'd love to pursue it." Read more and check a video here.

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We Are The Ocean Tribute Foo Fighters In New Video

(TeamRock Radio) We Are The Ocean have released a new music video for their take on Foo Fighters' track The Pretender. They posted it on their YouTube channel along with a get well message to Foo Fighters' leader Dave Grohl, who broke his leg onstage in Sweden earlier this month forcing the band to cancel the remainder of their European tour.

They say in their YouTube channel dedication to the Foo Fighters frontman: "With Dave Grohl out of action, we thought we'd drop this Foo Fighters classic on you. Get well soon Dave."

We Are The Ocean announced a 10-date UK winter tour last week which will follow their live dates this summer. The shows are in support of fourth album Ark which was released in May via BMG Chrysalis. Check out the video here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil On This Week's Celebrity Wife Swap

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will appear on the next episode of the ABC-TV reality series Celebrity Wife Swap. Broadway World reports Neil swaps partners with Gunnar Nelson from the 90's band Nelson.

The episode - which see two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week - will see Neil's girlfriend, Rain, swap places with Nelson's wife, Lila.

Rain heads to Nashville for the show while Lila will spend time with the Motley Crue singer in Las Vegas. Neil reportedly takes Lila gambling at Red Rock Resort, where he put down $50,000 on the craps table and kept it rolling until he walked away with $660,000.

The singer also cooked a dinner for 20 friends for the program while admitting that it was the first time he'd ever played chef in the kitchen. "I hadn't been in a supermarket to do grocery shopping since Motley Crue first went out on the road in 1981," confessed the rocker. "I didn't know where to find any of the ingredients." Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Releasing Cooking And Partying Handbook

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar will publish "Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook" on September 15 via Dey Street Press. The project sees Hagar share his passion for food and his secrets for rock-and-roll entertaining, including his favorite recipes from home, on the road, and his go-to vacation spots, Cabo and Maui.

The singer is joined by his celebrity chef friends from around the globe for insights into entertaining as readers pour over more than 50 food and drink recipes. Hagar also shares his greatest drink recipes - accompanied by true stories of the wild nights that brought them to life.

"Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook" is Hagar's second run as an author: in 2011, he published his memoir "Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock", which topped the New York Times Best Sellers List. Check out the promo video for the new book here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Takes Part In Music Therapy Week

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson visited music charity Nordoff Robbins' London centre on Monday to celebrate Music Therapy Week. It's one of his first public appearances since being given the all-clear from cancer in May - and the first since Maiden confirmed the launch of 16th album The Book Of Souls last week.

Dickinson met some of those helped by the charity and spoke to staff who provide care and attention - and even found time to jam a few acoustic guitar chords with some delighted children.

Music Therapy Week seeks to raise awareness of how Nordoff Robbins' programme can assist children with autism, adults with learning difficulties and people with neurological disorders.

The organization is committed to transforming people's lives through music - "whatever their age or background." Read more and see photos here.

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Placebo Launching Reissue Campaign

(Classic Rock) Placebo will reissue their first five albums on vinyl, it's been announced. Their self-titled 1996 debut will be the first to arrive on July 31, with Without You I'm Nothing, Black Market Music, Sleeping With Ghosts and MEDS following throughout the rest of the year and into 2016.

In addition, they'll also issue a collection of b-sides via digital and streaming services on July 31. The albums are now available to pre-order, including limited-edition coloured vinyl editions.

The band wrapped up a UK and Ireland tour in March to support 2013's Loud Like Love. They'll play a handful of dates this summer. Check out the details for each release here.

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Symphony X Premiere New Song 'Without You'

(Prog) Symphony X have launched a lyric video for their track Without You. It's taken from ninth album Underworld and follows the release of initial track Nevermore last month.

Guitarist Michael Romero says: "Without You is a bit mellower than Nevermore, with a big chorus and a sweeping feel. I don't know if I'd call it a ballad - but it's a little bit softer, not so much about riff, but more the acoustic and electric interplay.

"Those two are good single choices because they represent what the record is. It's heavy, but at the same time there are some of these soaring melodic parts."

The follow-up to 2011's Iconoclast is released on July 24 via Nuclear Blast. Symphony X will tour North America in the autumn. See the dates and watch the lyric video here.

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Young Guns Frontman Reflects On New Album's Delay

(TeamRock Radio) Young Guns frontman Gustav Wood feels the delay over the launch of third album Ones And Zeros has got in the way of their progress. Work began on the follow-up to Bones in 2013, but their rising profile in the US meant they had to concentrate on touring their second release instead of working on the next. It was released on June 8.

Wood tells DIY: "I'm excited for what comes afterwards - young again, playing festivals again. The whole process of being a band is about to start again, and that's really exciting."

One advantage of the delay is that Young Guns had the chance to refine their material. "Sometimes we've have to write and record in a month, and we haven't had time to reflect on anything," says Wood.

"You end up thinking, 'I'm glad of what we did, but I wish we could have done this or could have done that.' This time I felt we were able to take more time - not through choice, of course - but it was good." Read more here.

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Aeon Zen Release 'Disconnected' Video

(Prog) Aeon Zen have released a video for their track Disconnected. The song is available as a single on a pay-what-you-want basis from their website. They describe it as a "landmark" production because it was written and recorded in just two days via a live stream with fans.

Aeon Zen say: "It enabled us to show our fans how we write and record - essentially doing the opposite of the track name and connecting us to music lovers.

"We'd really appreciate any 'pay what you want' amount you'd like to give for the song, to help us keep putting on great events and keep the music flowing." Check out the video here.

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David Bowie Mysterious Mistake Corrected On Fame Reissue

(Gibson) July 24th 2015 sees the release of the latest special limited David Bowie 7" picture disc, the 40th anniversary edition of "Fame," with a double-A side that corrects a mysterious studio mistake made decades ago.

Originally released in summer 1975, "Fame" was taken from the album Young Americans. It was co-written with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar and was Bowie's first number one in the USA. This is the first appearance of the single edit since the Best of Bowie LP in 1980, its only other appearance being the original single itself.

The B-side of the original single was the Young Americans album track "Right." For this 40th anniversary, "Right" is now the double A side and appears as an alternate mix previously released by Ryko/EMI in 1991. However, due to a mistake by some genius it was originally released at the wrong speed, but for this release that has been corrected. Read more here.

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Billy Idol Hid Addictions From Bandmates Says Steve Stevens

(Classic Rock) Billy Idol's guitarist Steve Stevens says the frontman hid much of his drug and alcohol habit from him and the rest of the band while on the road in the 80s.

Idol recalls his addiction struggles in his book Dancing With Myself. And while Stevens says drink and drugs were in the studio, he admits he didn't know the levels of the singer's excesses while on tour.

Stevens tells Guitar International: "It's amazing, because he kept a lot of that from me. I wasn't privy to it. We would drink and do little bit of drugs in the studio, but that wasn't really the place for it. While on tour everyone would retreat back to their hotel rooms, we were never like, 'I have a brick of heroin, wanna join?'"

Stevens says that the "lunacy exhibited" was because they wanted to make the music as good as it could be, but adds: "I'm sober now, but back when I drank I could never play under the influence." Read more here.

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Graham Bonnet Looks Back At Michael Schenker Group Firing

(Classic Rock) Graham Bonnet has recalled the disastrous 1982 Michael Schenker Group concert that got him fired from the group. He was playing his first show with bandleader Schenker and ex Sensational Alex Harvey Band men Chris Glen and Ted McKenna when the situation collapsed around him.

But he's glad to have shared a stage with Schenker as they toured Japan recently with their separate outfits. Bonnet tells The Metal Voice: "I was completely out of it - I'd been drinking all day and I had a bit of an argument with Michael.

"I had all the lyrics stuck on the stage. Then the audience pushed forward and all the lyrics screwed up because the monitors shifted. I was screwed in the first song."

He continues: "My fly broke - and out comes my penis, because I don't wear underwear. Out it popped, and I made it part of the act. Everybody was telling me to f*** off. I started swearing at the audience and they were swearing back at me. I got off the stage."

Next morning his manager told him that his performance had lost him his job. "The whole thing was a shambles," says Bonnet. "I said sorry for what happened - it was just a bad day."

But Schenker, who's now leading Temple Of Rock, invited the Graham Bonnet Band on tour with him, and the former bandmates performed together again. Read what he had to say about that and watch the full interview here.

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Ahab Tease Alan Parsons Project Cover

(Prog) Ahab have issued a teaser of their cover of the Alan Parsons Project's The Turn Of A Friendly Card. The track is fronted by Sahg vocalist Olav Iversen and has been lifted from the box set release of their fourth album The Boats Of The Glen Carrig which will be launched on August 28 via Napalm Records. Hear the snippet below.

It'll be the German doom metal outfit's fourth studio release and the follow-up to 2012's The Giant. It's named after the 1907 novel of the same name by William Hope Hodgson and is said to feature "slow-motion anthems and haunting melodies."

The box set is limited to just 500 copies and features the album, flag, patch and a 7-inch vinyl pressing of The Turn Of A Friendly Card. Check out the song preview here.

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Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface Success Didn't Come Over Night

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots credit their years of hard work on the road for the success of fourth album Blurryface. The follow-up to 2013's Vessel became Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph first-ever number 1 hit in the US last month. And Joseph says proving they could cut it live has been the key to their rise to the top.

He tells Red Bull TV: "When people try and strategize on how to build a fan base, the first thing they go to is trying to write that perfect song and hoping it comes out of the gun and takes off.

"We were never able to do that - I don't think we tried to do that, it wasn't the goal. As much as a single or some song exploding is very effective, a lot of people don't take into consideration taking advantage of every moment you're on stage in front of people.

He adds: "I just think it was several years of hard work and putting everything into each show. And when we came out with the record, people showed up and that was cool." Read more here.

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The Darkness Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Darkness have announced the dates for a tour of North America that they will be launching this fall in support of their new album, "Last Of Our Kind."

The month-long run opens in Pomona, CA on October 10 and wraps up at the House Of Blues in Boston on November 1. The trek will include the group's newest addition, drummer Rufus Taylor - the son of Queen legend Roger Taylor.

Taylor joined the band following the recent departure of drummer Emily Dolan Davies, just a month after she made her live debut with the group; she stepped in to record "Last Of Our Kind" after a split with original sticksman Ed Graham last fall. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Virgin Steele's Glamour

Today David DeFeis from Virgin Steele tells us about the song "Glamour" from their brand new album "Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation," which was released today (June 23). Here is the story:

The Song "Glamour" from our new album Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation upon first glance appears to be about a woman, a relationship I have, and yes on one level it most certainly is. But it is also about my long-term love affair and addiction or obsession with my Mistress Music.

The song concerns itself with the plundering of the mind, the body and the spirit through intense ongoing passion…yes there is a real human being behind lines like:

Hell walks with flair…
She screams that it's urgent, all smack and cocaine
She smiles like a secret and asks me to tame
Her wayward divisions a beast with no name
Demanding I enter the Halls of the Slain
Counterfeit memories my lover of games
Seducing the Spirits of fools with her flame…etc…..

But again I am also speaking about what Music has done to me, and for me…the good, the bad, and the ugly….

Lines like:
Smoke rings and ashes…the hours betrayed…
With Love and with Hatred my Music is made…

Make the connection and case for that. "Glamour" wanders freely back and forth between the passions of an actual relationship or romance and my addictions…or…obsessions…and musically the big ponderous riffs and the fast maniacal riffs work in tandem to convey the mood shifts of ecstatic frenzy to mournful despair, and wild attraction to repulsion. Ultimately leading to…the line "Nevermore Will I Sleep…Nevermore Awaken…"

The enchantment…the spell…the fascination…the GLAMOUR is complete and there shall be no peace ever….

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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