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Day in Rock Report for 06/26/2015



Vivian Campbell's Cancer Return Delays Last In Line Album

(TeamRock Radio) Last In Line have postponed the release of their debut album after guitarist Vivian Campbell revealed he was being treated for cancer again. Last In Line had originally planned to release their debut later this year via Frontiers, but that has now been put off.

The Dio-inspired group is Def Leppard man Campbell's side project with Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell - who were all part of Ronnie James Dio's band. Former Lynch Mob frontman Andrew Freeman is the vocalist.

Campbell, 52, this week confirmed his Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned and that he would miss some Def Leppard shows as a result. He later announced he'd be back in live action with the band this Saturday, June 27.

Campbell tells Jam Magazine: "The reason why we're waiting until 2016 to release it is because I want to be available to tour the record. I think it deserves being given the opportunity." Read more, including an update on his treatment and watch the full interview here.

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After The Burial's Justin Lowe 'Safe' After Apparent Mental Breakdown

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial say guitarist Justin Lowe is "safe and in the care of his family" after suffering an apparent mental breakdown. Lowe this week posted a lengthy Facebook entry in which it appeared he was not in a sound state of mind. The post has since been removed and After The Burial have issued a statement.

It reads: "This is a very sad and hurtful situation for us to grasp, and unfortunately it is one we still don't fully understand. Our dear friend, our brother onstage and off, has fallen into a very broken state of mind. A state that, despite our continued efforts, we have been powerless to get him out of.

"Early yesterday after he made the post, he went missing for the entire day. He was in minimal contact with only a few people over the phone, and the information we gathered from them gave us reason to believe he was unsafe in his current state of mind. We were on our phones all day with family, friends, and local authorities trying to regain control of the situation.

"We felt it was definitely not the appropriate time for us to make a statement, in fear that it may escalate things further. Fortunately, he's back home now. He's safe and in the care of his family." Read more here.

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Disturbed Comeback Secret Was 'Torturous' For Band

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed frontman David Draiman says keeping their comeback under wraps caused "a lot of pain and agony." The band revealed this week their four-year hiatus was over and that sixth album Immortalized would be released on August 21. The announcement came alongside the release of a video for The Vengeful One.

And Draiman says lying to friends and family took its toll on the band. He tells Billboard: "It took a lot to keep things quiet. It took a lot of pain and agony and white lies and deception, non-disclosure agreements.

"How can you explain to all your friends and family that you're leaving home for four months to be in Vegas? To come up with something that you're so proud of and not be able to tell anyone about or play it for anyone is torturous, believe me."

Disturbed recorded Immortalized in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko and had to make sure they were never spotted in the hotel together. Guitarist Dan Donegan adds: "We would sneak in separately, go into different doors and not be seen together and hope that nobody would spot us and blow our cover. Somehow we pulled that off." Read more here.

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Metallica Shying Away From Milestone Events

(Classic Rock) Metallica don't want to spend too much time celebrating career anniversaries, says drummer Lars Ulrich. The thrash icons' 35th year in existence is looming - but after they celebrated their 30th, he doesn't want to focus on the milestone.

Ulrich tells Billboard: "When you've been a band as long as we have, you can find an anniversary in anything. In 2011 we celebrated our 30th with a week's worth of concerts in San Francisco for our fan club. But you've got to be careful. You don't wave the flag continuously for old laurels, things you've done way in your past."

He adds: "It's tricky to find the right balance between looking into the future and celebrating the past. As active as we've been over the years, you can find a celebration in almost anything. So we kind of shy away from doing too much of that." See their upcoming live dates here.

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Nickelback Release Two New Videos Following Tour Cancellation

(hennemusic) Nickelback are premiering two new videos from their "No Fixed Address" album just days after cancelling their North American tour following news that vocalist Chad Kroeger is to undergo throat surgery.

The song and the clip for "Get 'Em Up" present a pair of robbers planning a bank heist; the storyline then continues in the video for the midtempo track "Satellite."

Nickelback announced this week that Kroeger will undergo surgery in 3 weeks to remove an operable cyst on his voice box, followed by an extended period of vocal rest ordered by doctors.

"I am sorry I have to interrupt the party this summer and I am definitely not thrilled with the prospect of being silent for many weeks to come when I could be out there playing for our fans," explains Kroeger. "I am relying on my doctor and his team to help get my voice back in good form as quickly as possible."

The singer thanked fans for their support, saying "Thank you so much to everyone for keeping me in their thoughts, prayers and wishing me a speedy recovery. It means so much to me."

A full recovery is expected and Nickelback plan to return to the road for a fall European tour scheduled to start in Helsinki, Finland on September 30. Watch the new videos here.

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Marilyn Manson Says Columbine Accusations Shut Down His Career

(Classic Rock) Marilyn Manson says his career was "shut down" following the Columbine massacre. Some news outlets falsely claimed that killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were inspired by Manson's music before they murdered 12 students and one teacher when they opened fire in Columbine High School, Colorado, in April 1999.

The shootings, which also left 21 people injured, sparked debate over gun control laws in the US - and Manson reports that after the slaughter, live venues simply closed the door on him.

Speaking at Grey's annual music seminar in Cannes, France, Manson says: "With Columbine, it really shut down my career entirely, to the point where casinos refused to book my shows.

"It's almost unprecedented. Not only did I not do anything, they were not fans of mine. I sat and watched it live on TV and they said initially they were wearing Marilyn Manson make-up and t-shirts. You find out later that they weren't."

Despite the fact there was no connection between Manson's music and the pair, some media outlets continued to demonize him. Read more here.

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Robert Plant Shares Live Videos Of Reworked Led Zeppelin Classics

(hennemusic) Robert Plant is sharing footage of his performance of updated versions of a pair of Led Zeppelin classics at the recent Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Tennessee.

On the road in support of "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar", Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters reworked Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" and paired together Howlin' Wolf's "No Place to Go" with his former band's "Dazed And Confused."

The singer's 11-song set also delivered "The Wanton Song", "Black Dog", "Going To California" and "Whole Lotta Love." Plant's June 14 show at Bonnaroo was his latest performance at the festival following a solo appearance in 2011 and a 2008 pairing with Alison Krauss.

Earlier this month, the singer was forced to postpone three shows - 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. See the live videos here.

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Video From Def Leppard Summer Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Def Leppard kicked off their North American summer tour in Tampa, FL on June 23 and video from the show has been posted online. Opening night saw Trixter guitarist Steve Brown sitting in for Vivian Campbell, who recently announced that his ongoing battle with cancer - he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013 - had returned for the first time since he underwent a stem cell transplant last fall.

Campbell also revealed that he will receive cancer treatments around the band's schedule and that he'll only miss the first two dates of the trek with Styx and Tesla; he will rejoin the tour this Saturday in Birmingham, AL.

Def Leppard's 17-song set in Tampa opened with their 1983 classic, "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)", and relied heavily on material from their 1980s heyday.

"Hello America," said singer Joe Elliott the day after the show. "Wow !! What an opening night !!! I have seen some rain storms in my time, but last night's takes the biscuit !!! We were THAT close to having to pull the gig for safety reasons, but the second that was mentioned, the lightning seemed to change direction & it started to clear. Too late, however, for Tesla the Band to perform so they gracefully surrendered their spot to allow the show as a whole to take place . good on ya boyz !!!

"Styx went down great as usual & then it was our turn to stand in the 90% humidity & 100 degree temperature, as I said what a start !!! GREAT crowd, thank you Tampa, you've set the tone for what hopefully will be a loud & proud tour !!! 1 down 59 to go & Viv is hopefully back on Saturday !!!!" Watch the videos from the show here.

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Former Megadeth Guitarist Enjoying Freedom Of New Band

(Classic Rock) Chris Broderick loves having the freedom to express himself musically in Act Of Defiance. The guitarist quit Megadeth last year along with drummer Shawn Drover and the pair quickly formed Act Of Defiance, which also features former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek and bassist Matt Bachand of Shadow's Fall.

Broderick tells Amps & Axes: "We've really enjoyed our writing together. It's just been so liberating to be able to not only express myself musically, but artistically. And it's been a great experience."

And he insists Act Of Defiance is not just another supergroup side project that will fall by the wayside. He says: "Right after Shawn and I left Megadeth, we were talking about how we had written all this great music and it was never going to be used. We started talking about, 'Why don't we do something? Why don't we put a project together?'

"From there, it quickly turned into a full-fledged band. It was like, 'Let's make this something solid - not just another project of players that's going to disband.'" Read more and check out the group's new music video here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil Celebrity Wife Swap Episode Goes Online

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil appeared on the latest episode of the ABC-TV reality series Celebrity Wife Swap, and video of the episode is available to stream online.

The program - which sees two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week - has Neil's girlfriend, Rain, swap places with Lila Nelson, the wife of Gunnar Nelson from the 90's band Nelson.

Rain heads to Nashville on the show to spend time with Nelson and his family while Lila lands in Las Vegas to hang out with the Motley Crue singer.

Neil and Motley Crue just finished playing a series of European festivals and will resume their farewell tour with North American dates starting July 16 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The group will wrap up their live career with three shows in late December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year's Eve. Watch the Celebrity Wife Swap episode here.

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'Mighty' Sam McClain Dead At 72

(The Blues 'Mighty' Sam McClain has died after a fight with cancer. He was 72. The Louisiana-born soul and blues singer started out in the choir of his mother's Baptist church, then had his first hit in 1966 with a gospel-influenced version of Patsy Cline's Sweet Dreams.

His career waned and he spent 15 years as a labourer before returning to the spotlight in the 1990s. He and sax player Scott Shetler wrote Show Me The Way, which was performed with Jon Bon Jovi for 2007' Give US Your Poor charity compilation.

McClain was constantly experimenting with his music. He released album of duets with Iranian folk singer Mahsa Vahdat. He also worked with Natalie Merchant and Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis. Read more here.

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My Dying Bride Announce New Album 'Feel The Misery'

(TeamRock Radio) My Dying Bride have announced they'll release 12th album Feel The Misery on September 18. The follow-up to 2012's A Map Of All Our Failures will be issued via Peaceville Records and features the return of original guitarist Calvin Robertshaw, who left the lineup in 1999.

Frontman Aaron Stainthorpe fought to focus on recording the album while dealing with the death of his father. He told Metal Hammer: "Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed it - they were all buzzing having Calvin back. But because of what was happening in my personal life, I didn't enjoy it at all.

"When the final day in the studio was up, I thought, 'Thank God that's over.' We're normally all quite upbeat - we'd go to the pub and celebrate. This time we sort of drifted off."

He added: "This is our 25th anniversary year, but it got off to a sh*t start for me. Hopefully it will get better." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Stream New 'Battle' Song

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have issued a stream of You Want A Battle? (Here's A War). It's the latest track taken from their fifth album Venom which launches on August 14. They previously released a lyric promo for No Way Out.

It'll be their first album to feature bassist Jamie Mathias who replaced Jay James earlier this year - and frontman Matt Tuck insisted it would be a milestone in their career.

He said: "The album is hands down the best thing we've ever done. That's not me trying to sell it, because people will have their own opinion anyway. But it is the best thing we've ever done - by a mile. So to have that arsenal of weapons now and to be able to play these songs feels sick. It's good to be back."

They'll hit the road across North America with Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Motionless In White this summer and return to the UK in the autumn. Read more and check out the song stream here.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Stream New Song 'Vlad, Son Of The Dragon'

(TeamRock Radio) The Black Dahlia Murder have issued a stream of their track Vlad, Son Of The Dragon. The song comes from their upcoming seventh album Abysmal which is set for release on September 18.

Frontman Trevor Strnad said earlier this month that they wanted to keep fans excited about the follow-up to 2013's Everblack and revealed the album was "dripping with urgency."

He added: "It sees the band in a darker, faster and more melancholic place than anything we've done to date. It's wrought with emotion on a scale that we haven't reached with our previous attempts." Stream the new song here.

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Anthrax's Scott Ian Releases New Video From Motor Sister

(Classic Rock) Motor Sister have released a video for Beg Borrow Steal. The group - which features Anthrax mainman Scott Ian and his wife Pearl Aday - came about in 2013 as part of Ian's 50th birthday celebrations. He wanted to jam some songs by one of his favourite bands, Mother Superior.

The collaboration led to them forming Motor Sister, who earlier this year released debut album Ride, which is made up of covers of Mother Superior tracks.

Mother Superior singer Jim Wilson, bassist Joey Vera and drummer John Tempesta are the other members of the band. On recording the album Ian said: "We love Mother Superior, this kick-ass three-piece rock band from LA. They've been gone for about seven years.

"My birthday present to myself was, I cherry picked my 12 favorite Mother Superior songs, I put a band together, and we played a concert in the jam room in my house for 20 of our friends, who are really into Mother Superior.

"The vibe in the room was so good. We crushed it." Check out the new video here.

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Roger Waters Headlining MusiCorps Wounded Veteran Benefit Concert

(hennemusic) Roger Waters will headline Music Heals, a benefit for MusiCorps - a charity supporting injured US service men and women and their families - at Washington, DC's DAR on Friday, October 16.

Waters - who will be joined by special guests Billy Corgan, Sheryl Crow and more- has supported MusiCorps for a number of years and served as a mentor to members of the MusiCorps Band, playing with the veterans at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington and encouraging their love of music as part of the rehabilitation process.

"The work I have done over the last few years with these men and women has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done," says Waters in the announcement.

MusiCorps is a non-profit charitable organization which helps wounded veterans play music and recover their lives. The conservatory-level program enables the wounded to learn, relearn, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation. Read more here.

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The Enid Release Live 'Leviticus' Video From Forthcoming DVD

(Classic Rock) The Enid have released a live video of their performance of Leviticus from their live DVD The Bridge. The ambitious touring show, described by Prog as "simply exquisite," was filmed in London earlier this year and is set for launch on September 4.

Sales will go towards funding the follow-up, Dust, which will be directed by Kate Bush collaborator Simon Drake. Frontman Joe Payne recently told Prog: "We were quite overwhelmed by the response to The Bridge.

"For months we were in a panic that the tour might upset a lot of people, because it's very different to anything The Enid was known for. To our delight it created a real buzz of excitement - it's without doubt our most welcomed idea since the 1980s." Watch the video and see the track details here.

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Riot V Holding True To Mark Reale's Philosophical Approach To Music

(Classic Rock) Riot V drummer Frank Gilchriest says the late Mark Reale's philosophical approach to music still influences the way the band works. Riot mainman Reale died in 2012 after a lifelong battle with Crohn's disease and the band later rebranded as Riot V. Last year they issued Unleash The Fire, their first album since Reale's death.

Gilchrist tells The Metal Voice: "The one thing we all have in common in this band, is that we spent a lot of time with Mark just talking about music, philosophy of a good song, philosophies of what a band is all about. He was kind of shy and quiet but when he sat down and talked to you about music, it was like an education. It was really intense."

Guitarist Mike Flyntz adds that Reale never set out to be a superstar guitarist. He says: "Mark Reale never wanted to be a guitar hero, he wanted to write a good song. That is what he taught us all. So when we wrote the last album, it had to be good songs, every song had to be a hit." Read more and watch the full interview clip here.

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Mike Vennart Gets Animated For 'Operate' Video

(Classic Rock) Mike Vennart has released an animated video for the track Operate. The track comes from his Vennart solo project's debut album The Demon Joke, which was released earlier this week via Superball Music. He previously released lyric videos for tracks Retaliate and Don't Forget The Joker.

He tells Kerrang: "Operate is the biggest tune on the record, so I knew we had to do a video. Trouble is, I hate all music videos, particularly ones that I'm in. So my friends at ChogZoo fulfilled my life's dream and turned me into a cartoon character.

"In the video I get to kill a monster using only my guitar skills. What the hell more do you want from a rock video?" The track was this week nominated in the Anthem category for this year's fourth Progressive Music Awards. Check out the video here.

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Steven Wilson Hopeful For The Future Of The Album Format

(TeamRock Radio) Steven Wilson believes the album format will survive - and the success of his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. has fuelled his confidence. It tells the story of a character who vanishes into the social gaps of modern society, based on the real-life experiences of Joyce Carol Vincent, whose body was found two years after she died in her London flat.

And its sales figures lead him to believe people want to immerse themselves in heavy concepts. Wilson tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "If you'd asked me five years ago I would have been more negative. I'm cautiously optimistic.

"The fact that this album has been by far the most successful of my career, while being the most concept-driven thing I've ever done, makes me think things aren't that bad."

He adds: "Every time there's a big swing in a particular direction there's always a swing back. What we're seeing right now is a world of streaming, where there's a juke-box mentality and you follow the links from one song to another.

"At the same time there are a lot of people who have revelled against that and they're getting back into the art of album listening." Read more here.

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Kingcrow Streaming New Album 'Eidos' In Full Online

(Prog) Kingcrow have made their sixth album Eidos available to stream. It was released this week and forms the final part of the trilogy that began with 2010's Phlegethon and continued with 2013's In Crescendo.

Guitarist Diefo Cafolla says he's proud of their achievements in the studio, although the title track was struggle to create. He tells The Blog Of Much Metal: "I spent a month writing it because it's quite complex. It has a lot of switches between heavy and melodic.

"It's probably the hardest song to dig at first because it changes a lot. We haven't rehearsed it yet but I think it will be a hard song to put down live." Stream the album here.

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Anthony Phillips Announces Five-Disc Set

(Prog) Anthony Phillips has confirmed the released of a five-disc set concentrating on his early Private Parts & Pieces albums. The box set will be released on August 28 via Cherry Red.

The clamshell box contains Private Parts & Pieces (1978), Back To The Pavilion (1980), Antiques (1982) and A Catch At The Tables (1984), plus an additional disc of 18 unreleased tracks. Bonus material on the other discs add up to a further 18 songs.

The collection was compiled by Genesis co-founder Phillips along with Jonathan Dann, who's written a new essay for an extended booklet. The Private Parts series continued with Twelve, Ivory Moon, Slow Waves Soft Stars, New England, Dragonfly Dreams, Soire and latest release, 2012's Private Parts & Pieces XI: City Of Dreams. Check out the track details and preorder info here.

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Neal Schon Tapped To Open For Upcoming Journey Concerts

(hennemusic) Journey guitarist Neal Schon will perform double-duty by opening shows on the band's upcoming Canadian tour. Schon - who just released his latest solo album, "Vortex" - will be joined by current Journey touring drummer Oamar Hakim, keyboardist Rachel Z Hakim and bassist Jerry Brooks for the dates, which begin in Winnipeg, MB on July 6.

The month-long, 16-show run starts July 6 in Winnipeg, Manitoba before crossing the country from west to east, wrapping things up in St, John's Newfoundland on August 2.

"It's on and start rehearsing soon!," says the guitarist. Released this week, "Vortex" sees Schon regroup with keyboardists Jan Hammer and Igor Len and former Journey drummer Steve Smith to mix elements of rock, jazz, classical and world music over an 18-song package. Read more here.

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