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Day in Rock Report for 06/25/2015



Slaves Guitarist Stabbing May Be Charged As A Hate Crime

(TeamRock Radio) The man arrested for stabbing Slaves (US) guitarist Alex Lyman is now facing a hate crime charge. KCRA report that Timothy Brownell handed himself into police after stabbing Lyman earlier this week in an unprovoked attack, which left the musician with a 4-inch puncture and slashes to his arms and throat.

Brownell was then arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, which also left Lyman's bandmate Hampton McKnab with a broken hand and Musical Chairs singer Blake Abbey with a 12-inch wound to his arm.

Brownell was released on bail but after investigating online reports in which Lyman claimed he was called a "faggot in skinny jeans," police in Sacramento, California are now looking to charge him with a hate crime.

Officer Justin Brown says: "We took a look at the social media postings and we understand allegations of that nature. We take it very seriously." Read more here.

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Megadeth Recruited Country Star To Play On New Album Track

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine recently said in an interview that the band's new album wouldn't contain anything "too out of the ordinary" but country music star Steve Wariner has revealed that he has recorded with the band.

Wariner tells The Tennessean, "Worlds collide. It's funny. Imagine Megadeth with steel guitar. That's what I did, and Dave Mustaine is the nicest guy in the world. Isn't that crazy? It's out of my world. You know me, I'm a traditional country guy. But the stuff I played on is awesome."

This follows Mustaine recent comments to Guitar World, "There's nothing too out of the ordinary on the record. I think probably the most noticeable thing will be how my playing with the San Diego Symphony affected some of my guitar work. Learning Vivaldi and Bach and all that, there's some stuff on the album where you can tell that made an impression on me."

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Jimmy Chamberlin Reunites With Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan has revealed that original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will be rejoining the Smashing Pumpkins for their North American summer coheadlining tour with Marilyn Manson.

Corgan had this to say about Chamberlin's return, "We're thrilled Jimmy's back in the saddle this summer to drive a super high-octane set, and it's nice to see the stars aligning around Smashing Pumpkins anew."

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson's co-headlining The End Times tour will be kicking off on July 7th in Concord, CA at the Concord Pavilion and concluding on August 8th in Cincinnati, OH at the Riverbend Music Center. See the dates here.

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Drummer's Fart Costs Venue $500

(Classic Rock) A venue owner in Washington DC is furious after a drummer's fart led to a $500 fine. Bill Duggan, proprietor of the Madam's Organ Blues Bar, was punished by the city's Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration because the unidentified musician opened a window at 1.30am last June.

But an enforcement officer happened to pass by and identified an operational policy violation, as venue doors and windows must be shut after 12.30am while live music is being performed.

Duggan said in a report: "He opened the window to let a fart out. He cracked it open for five minutes - and the inspector showed up." He tells Borderstan: "20 f***ing years with not one violation, and this is what they came up with. People get stabbed and shot in other establishments." Read more here.

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Falling In Reverse frontman Quits Twitter After Argument With Blogger

(TeamRock Radio) Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke has quit Twitter over "negativity" and the "disgustingness" of comments aimed at him. The singer was involved in a spat with blogger Onision, who uploaded a video to YouTube called Why Do People Hate Falling In Reverse (+ Ronnie Radke).

Radke's last tweet reads: "I'm signing off Twitter. Sick of your negativity, sick of your utter disgustingness, goodbye." Earlier this month, Radke launched 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 filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles. He admitted having had a previous "casual intimate relationship" with the woman. He's claiming financial compensation for damage caused to his "property, trade, profession and occupation." Read more and see the blogger's video here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Frontman Humiliated By Onstage Meltdown

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has taken responsibility for the onstage meltdown that left fans believing the band were about to split. A private argument between him and Jeremy Spencer became public in Tennessee last month when the drummer walked off, followed by his colleagues, leaving Moody alone and trying to keep the show going himself.

He soon explained that the altercation had been a result of technical issues, but guitarist Jason Hook later blamed it on the singer's drinking - although Spencer was more forgiving.

Now Moody tells Metal Hammer's Joe Daly: "Jeremy and I were talking backstage and we were both being human. It just sucked that I had my microphone in my hand. The saying is that you should wash your clothes at home.

"Unfortunately there were 20,000 people watching while he and I had an argument. I really f***ed up and I was so embarrassed. The fans didn't have to see that." He adds: "I'll be honest, it hurt. I love the guy. He's one of my best friends and yeah, we f***ed up. It's humiliating." Read more here.

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Mastodon's Brent Hinds Says He Hates Heavy Metal

Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds sounded off against a number of topics in a new interview with GuitarPlayer Magazine including his hatred of heavy metal and doing interviews.

The magazine published the following excerpts on their website, "I never really liked heavy metal in the first place. I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, Mastodon drummer] and Bill [Kelliher], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I've been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I f**king hate heavy metal, and I don't want to be in a heavy metal band."

"It would be nice if magazines and all interviews would just go fall off the face of the earth along with all the cigarette smoke and all the other f**king things I hate in life. I don't like doing interviews, I don't read interviews, I don't need to know how people go about doing things. It frustrates me to do interviews, because I have to talk about things I've talked about over and over and over and over again. So, no, there's nothing that we can talk about that involved Mastodon that I'll get excited about. After 15 years of doing this every f**king day of my life, the last thing I want to do is talk about doing it." Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold Releasing Three Exclusive Tracks In Guitar Hero

(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold will reveal three exclusive tracks on upcoming video game Guitar Hero Live. They've been working closely with publisher Activision and say those who pre-order the package ahead of its autumn release will receive music unavailable anywhere else.

Frontman M Shadows tells Game Informer: "What we're going to do with our exclusive content is you get to see an Avenged Sevenfold crowd at Download or Mexico City.

"We're still working out the details - and kind of see what it's like on stage as one of us and playing three live tracks that you can't get anywhere else. Instead of putting out a track that everybody's already heard, these are going to be exclusive tracks just for Guitar Hero."

He says the band have a shortlist of seven tracks but haven't decided what three they'll pick for the package. Read more here.

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Megadeth Offshoot Act Of Defiance Release 'Throwback' Video

(hennemusic) Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have launched their new band Act Of Defiance with the release of the video for the project's lead track, "Throwback."

"'Throwback' came about through the influence of great thrash players such as Kerry King (Slayer) and Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)," explains Broderick. "They gave me the inspiration to write a tear-your-head-off, insanely fast rhythm. From there, it progressed, as I wrote, into a song that doesn't only have elements of thrash but everything in between with elements of progressive, and groove.

"I never expected 'Throwback' to be the first release off the CD, as it's not commercial, doesn't follow a typical verse-chorus-solo scheme, and is almost six minutes long," he adds. "However, when you hear the fire, emotion and brutality of the song, it becomes very clear that it was a contender to show people what Act Of Defiance is really about."

The "Throwback" video was directed by Corey Soria (Danzig), who impressed Broderick throughout the process. "It was awesome working with Corey Soria on the music video," says the guitarist. "He had the same vision as us and understood immediately what the song was trying to say and how it should look. Along with the insight he had, there was a tireless work ethic, doing different angles, pans and trying new ideas as he conceives them is an art in itself.

"When we looked at the first edit, my jaw dropped and then he came back with more that included post editing FX that added to the mood. From the camera angles, to the lighting and editing, this video far surpassed what I hoped for."

Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November - just hours apart - that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests.

Joined by former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand, the band have announced an August 21 release of their debut album, "Birth And The Burial", via Metal Blade Records. The record saw the group work with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Watch the video here.

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Slash Talks Difference Between Analog and 'Faceless' Digital Music

(Classic Rock) Slash says he still prefers the sound quality of vinyl and says digital distribution has made music "faceless." But the former Guns N' Roses guitarist is still excited to see how the situation develops in the future.

He tells BitTorrent: "I think there's something to be said for the sound quality on vinyl. I still record to tape because I think it sounds so much better. I'm waiting to see when digital is going to be able to develop a similar tonal quality as vinyl."

He reports that vinyl packaging makes purchasing an album "more personable" and adds: "Now the packaging is gone and people are recording from their laptops and their phones.

"It's drastically changed and become much more convenient and immediate, but it's become faceless at the same time. I'm excited to see how this changes in the future." here.

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Deep Purple Announce Two Live Releases

(hennemusic) Deep Purple will release a pair of live albums recorded in Germany and Japan on August 28. "From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)" sees the band captured in concert at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival in 2013, while "…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)" presents the group live at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April of 2014.

"One band, two crowds, two countries - a tale of two cities indeed," says bassist Roger Glover. "From Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world - and a city unto itself - to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality.

"Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals ever. We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb.

"As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.

"Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken."

"By way of contrast," Glover continues, "The Budokan is a temple of peace (except for the infamous occasion when all the seating was destroyed). 'Made In Japan was partially recorded there and we've played there many times since. For such a large space, the acoustics are excellent; this special building never ceases to impress.

"On this particular evening, we came in at the back door, climbed the cool, marble staircase and entered the familiar dressing room. Feeling like we're the only people in the building, it's hard to believe there's even an audience out there.

"But there is, young and old, sitting patiently or chatting quietly - the embodiment of civility. It's almost like the respectful hush one might find in a cathedral. But they're here to rock. And rock they do. They may be quiet while they're waiting but far from shy during the show. They gave us an unforgettable evening. Thank you, Tokyo." Check out the format details and cover art here.

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Buddy Guy Jams With The Rolling Stones

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones were joined by blues legend Buddy Guy for a performance of the Muddy Waters classic, "Champagne And Reefer", at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday.

Video of the jam has been posted online. Guy did double-duty on the evening, opening the Stones' show at the city's annual event, which features more than 500 artists over an 11 day period.

The Summerfest stop at the sold-out 25,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater marks the smallest venue on the band's Zip Code North American stadium tour, which was booked to promote the expanded reissue of their 1971 classic, "Sticky Fingers."

The project includes the original album and is rounded out with alternate and unreleased tracks from the sessions. The Stones were recently joined by Brad Paisley for a performance of their 1971 classic, "Dead Flowers", in Nashville on June 17. Watch video of the Stones and Guy jam here.

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Warren Haynes Streaming New Song 'Beat Down The Dust'

(Classic Rock) Warren Haynes has premiered his track Beat Down The Dust with TeamRock. It's taken from solo album Ashes And Dust, set for launch on July 24 via Mascot Label Group.

The Grammy-winning Gov't Mule mainman and former Allman Brothers guitarist collaborated with the band Railroad Earth on the 13-track title. Haynes says: "Beat Down The Dust is written in the folk-song tradition and is politically motivated. It's one of those satirical songs where the narrator's viewpoint is the opposite of my own."

Additional guests on Ashes And Dust include Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin and Mickey Raphael, while Allmans' bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones appear on Spots Of Time. Stream the new track here.

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Guns N' Motley Crue Supergroup The Dead Daisies Release Mexico Video

(Classic Rock) The Dead Daisies have released a video for their latest single Mexico. It's taken from the supergroup's second album Revolucion, which features new frontman John Corabi, ex of Motley Crue, alongside Guns N' Roses men Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed, Marco Mendoza, David Lowy and Brian Tichy.

Bassist Mendoza recently said: "When we were in the writing process, the idea came up to write a song about Mexico. Having spent the first 15 years of my life there, I was obviously excited.

"The result is a rocking in-your-face anthem with a very strong melody and hook. It's a winner, in my opinion." The Dead Daisies have tour dates coming up with Kiss and Whitesnake, then return to the UK in December. See the dates and watch the new music video here.

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Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Godsmack Lead Louder Than Life Lineup

(Classic Rock) Organizers of this year's Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY, have announced details of this year's line-up. The two day event, which takes place at Champions Park on October 2-3, will be headlined by Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Godsmack, Bring Me The Horizon, Shinedown, Slash, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

"We're amping up about making the show at Louisville's Louder Than Life," says ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. It's a win/win/win with rockin' and rollin,' terrific cuisine, and downright downable drinks. Even while performing we'll make way to check it out."

Completing the line-up are Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Of Mice & Men, Black Stone Cherry, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Sevendust, Skid Row, Kentucky Headhunters, Tremonti, Hinder, Issues, We Came As Romans, Saint Asonia, Nothing More, 10 Years, Butcher Babies and more.

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Robert Plant Releases Live Video From Bonnaroo Festival

(hennemusic) Robert Plant is sharing footage of his performance of "Fixin To Die" at the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Tennessee on June 14. A version of the vintage 1940 blues track - originally written and recorded by Bukka White - appeared on Plant's 2002 album, "Dreamland."

The Bonnaroo stop was one of the final dates on the singer's spring North American tour in support of "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", a trek that saw Plant postpone three concerts - in Detroit, Toronto and Chicago - due to laryngitis.

The shows have been rescheduled and added to a series of dates Plant will perform in North America in September. The singer will begin a European tour in Gloucestershire, UK on July 10. Watch the video here.

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Yes Release Video From Upcoming Live Release

(hennemusic) Yes are sharing video of "South Side Of The Sky" as a preview to the forthcoming live package, "Like It Is - Yes At The Mesa Arts Center." Due July 3 in Europe and July 10 in North America, the set presents material from the band's August 12, 2014 show at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ.

The lineup of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison were on the road at the time playing dates in support of their 21st album, "Heaven & Earth."

Yes have previously previewed a performance of "Heart Of The Sunrise" from the package, which will be available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats - with vinyl to follow at a later date.

Squire is currently undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

The bassist will receive treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona over the next few months. Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood will step in for Squire on the band's previously scheduled summer tour of North America with Toto and will perform on the Cruise To The Edge event in November. Watch the new live video here.

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Classic Black Sabbath Album The Focus Of TV Documentary

(Classic Rock) A documentary on Black Sabbath's classic album Paranoid is to air on Sky Arts in the UK this weekend. The film looks at the making of the 1970 release, and includes interviews with the band.

In the trailer, frontman Ozzy Osbourne talks about his lack of formal music training, saying: "I can hardly read English, never mind music. I don't know what key I sing in.

"I've said to people, 'I must learn to play an instrument.' And people have gone to me, 'You know what, you'd be making the biggest mistake. 'If you learn what it was all about, you'd probably lose what you already have.'" Read more here.

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Pink Floyd, King Crimson Lead Progressive Music Awards Nominations

(Classic Rock) Prog Magazine has announced the nominations for its fourth annual Progressive Music Awards. The 2015 awards will again take place at London's Underglobe venue, beneath Shakepseare's Globe Theatre, on Thursday September 3. This year, the event will be hosted of the first time by TV presenter Matthew Wright. You can vote for your choice of the nominees at: progmagazine.com/awards.

Pink Floyd's The Endless River album sees them pick up three nominations for Grand Design, Album and Band/Artist of the Year. King Crimson and Steven Wilson are the only other artists with three nominations and go head-to-head in the Grand Design category. Wilson is also nominated for Band/Artist of the Year with King Crimson getting the nod for of their US Tour for Live Event. Kate Bush's first live shows in 35 years sees her nominated for Live Event and Artist of the Year, with Steve Hackett, Von Hertzen Brothers, Opeth, Public Service Broadcasting and Flying Colors also nominated for two awards.

Jerry Ewing, Prog Magazine Editor says, "Prog Magazine is currently enjoying its most successful year ever in terms of sales (our current issue is 35% up year on year), and I believe we are starting to see this reflected in the way the genre is interacting with the mainstream and with the commercial successes the front runners of today's progressive scene are also enjoying. And it's been another bumper year for the genre and this is a wonderfully diverse spread of artists who find themselves worthy nominees this year, once again showing that the influence of progressive music now spreads far and wide throughout so many areas of music. And of course, the night itself is always such a memorable one. It's going to be a lot of fun with Matthew hosting for us for the first year."

Says host Matthew Wright, "I was made up to be asked. I attended in 2013 and met Steve Hillage for the first time. I spent a lot of time listening to his Green album and his stuff with Gong but I never thought I'd meet him. I also met Robert John Godfrey, who I'd seen live many times but had never met before. The experience was only marred by the fact I had to get up at 4am the next morning to do my show, so I think I might take the Friday off this time!" See the full nomination list here.

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Status Quo Members Talks Francis Rossi Retirement Wishes

(Classic Rock) Rick Parfitt hopes Francis Rossi isn't serious about retiring from Status Quo - but he's ready to keep going if their partnership ends. And he'd like the band to keep going until at least 2017, so they can celebrate their 50th anniversary before bowing out.

They recently completed their Aquostic UK tour, featuring a nine-piece orchestra playing classic tracks in an alternative format. And they're gearing up for a full-power Quo trip at the end of the year.

Rossi tells Classic Rock's Johnny Sharp: "I think I've almost finished running. I'm coming up for 66. I've still got that itch to be liked and the urge to play for an audience - but I think I'm over it."

Rossi has discussed the possibility of retiring several times in the past. Quo guitarist Freddie Edwards notes: "He's always like this. Before every show he says: 'No, this is a bad idea. Shall we pull the show?' Then as soon as he gets up on stage he loves it."

Lifelong colleague Parfitt is prepared for the moment to arrive - but hopes it won't happen for at least two more years. He reflects: "Francis always wants to say this tour will be the last. And if he does want to quit, I'll do something else.

"But it would be such a shame to bow out at the 11th hour and 59th minute, before making 50 years of hits, which is just around the corner. To me that would be such an achievement. If we made it, and he wanted to call it a day then, I'd shake his hand, cuddle him and I'd say, 'Thank you. It's been amazing. What a ride!'" Read more here.

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Neal Schon Praises Temporary Journey Member

(Classic Rock) Neal Schon has praised stand-in Journey drummer Omar Hakim as an "unbelievable musician." The band had to bring in a last-minute replacement for Deen Castronovo after he was arrested for assault earlier this month. They moved fast to recruit Hakim, who's worked with Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Kate Bush, among others.

He made his debut at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend, where they were backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Schon had the following to say to 98.7 The Gater:

"Omar hit the ground running and then some. I can't believe he played as well as he did, because he didn't really know the material, and he had to count everything off for the orchestra." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Gyre's Behind the Eyes

Today guitarist Juan Soaz from the prog metal quintet Gyre tells us about the song "Behind the Eyes" which comes from their recently released new EP "Moirai". Here is the story:

The inspiration for "Behind the Eyes," off the 'Moirai' EP, comes from a profound sense of knowing where we want to be as a unit and reflecting that feeling into the music. The main riff, in particular, emotes our inner desire to move forward in a powerful stride towards opening a sincere interaction with the listener. This riff is about movement and the importance of overcoming stagnancy. The feel of the chorus is intended to encourage an expression of raw emotion, but also allow for reflection in order to provide release and continue moving forward.

After a quick pause, the song picks up pace with a riff that reflects the main powerful riff in the beginning, but intensifies it as well. This leads into the middle section of the song, mainly written by Chirag [Bhatt, guitar], which sets out to intricately promote the process of dissecting, deconstructing and, finally, organizing all previously scattered feelings, moving on to the journey towards the answer. A heavy emotional bridge then mirrors the transition from detachment to acceptance, leading into an aggressive, angry, riff which serves as motivation to push forward and overcome. Shifting back into the chorus, the song emphasize the importance of feeling and reflecting.

Gyre exists by working as a combined unit to collectively deliver intense and meaningful music. Each member contributes a vital piece towards the creation of the final product.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and stream the full EP right here!

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