Day in Rock Report for 06/29/2015

Yes Legend Chris Squire Dead At 67

(hennemusic) Yes bassist and founder Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67, a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Last month, Squire announced plans to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes broke the news early Sunday, tweeting, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."

The band confirmed the news, saying "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix, Arizona in the arms of his loving wife Scotty.

"For the entirety of Yes' existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today's well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes' most endearing music, as well as his solo album, 'Fish Out of Water'.

"Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many - including each of us. But he wasn't merely our friend, he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him." Read more here.

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Dave Grohl's Broken Leg May Cost Foo Fighters Millions

(Radio.com) Touring for major rock bands is big business, as any rock fan has surely acknowledged by now. For those rarified artists who tour stadiums, it's really big business. Between ticket and merch sales, there are millions to be made on a tour of that scale.

When head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl fell off the edge of the stage at a concert in Sweden earlier this month, dislocating his ankle and breaking his fibula, he finished the show, able to salvage the single gig. But, the band also had to cancel the remaining seven shows of their European tour.

Billboard speculates that the cancellation will cost the band about $10 million "in lost fees and travel expenses not offset by box office revenue." But, they suppose, the financial hit will be considerably harder if the band have to cancel shows on their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to start on July 4 in Washington, D.C., twenty years to the day from the release of the very first Foo Fighters album.

The Foo Fighters haven't indicated that the U.S. shows are in danger of being cancelled, but Billboard reported that they got a "no comment" when they asked "the band's handlers" about whether or not the tour will begin as planned this week. Read more here.

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Judas Priest, Slipknot, Korn Lead Knotfest Lineup

Slipknot has revealed the lineups for the various stages at this year's Knotfest which will be headlined the opening night by Judas Priest and by Slipknot on the second night.

The 2015 installment of Knotfest is set to take place on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 in San Bernardino, CA at the San Manuel Amphitheater.

Opening night's main stage will include Korn, Mastondon, Trivium, Corrosion of Conformity and a special guest that is still to be revealed. The night will be capped off with the headline set from Judas Priest.

The other stages that night will include sets from At The Gates,
Body Count, Red Fang, Battlecross, Gwar, Born Of Osiris, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklsym, Belphegor, Inquisition and Abysmal Dawn.

The second night main stage will be headlined by Slipknot and will also feature performances from Bring Me The Horizon, Clutch, Ghostface Killah, and Mobb Deep.

The other stages will include Suicidal Tendencies, All That Remains, Kyng, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Hmet, Snot, Devour The Day, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, Disgorge, Internal Bleeding and Green Death. See the lineup and stage details here.

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Grateful Dead Recording Final Shows For CD/DVD Releases

(Classic Rock) The Grateful Dead will record next month's Fare Thee Well shows for a live package to be issued on November 20. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will play three concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field on the weekend of July 3, 4 and 5 - and they'll mark their swan song with a series of releases.

A standard 'Best Of' double CD featuring highlights from the three shows will be joined by a 4CD/2DVD, Blu-Ray edition which will include the final gig in audio and video formats.

In addition, they'll release what the band call "the complete Chicago experience" in a 12CD/7DVD, Blu-ray box set. A total of 20,000 will be made available, each individually numbered. Read more here.

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Anselmo Would Do Pantera Reunion 'In A Heartbeat'

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo says he'd hook up with former Pantera bandmates Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown again in a "heartbeat" if given the chance. The Down and Superjoint Ritual frontman reports he'd only do it to honour the memory of guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed while onstage with Damageplan in 2004.

Anselmo tells The Metal Den: "If everybody was on board, I would do it in a f***ing heartbeat. It would be in honor of our fallen brother Dimebag - that would motivate me to do it for no other reason, other than the contingency of people who want to see it or the whole generation or two that missed out on it.

"I get all sides of it, so count me in. Believe me, if the phone call came tomorrow I'd be the first one doing pushups!" But Anselmo adds a note of caution, saying that chances of it happening are slim as he, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul are busy with their own careers. Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson Reveals More About Project With Korn's Davis

(Classic Rock) Marilyn Manson says he's writing acoustic blues material - and it will feature Korn mainman Jonathan Davis. He said earlier this month that he and Davis were talking about working on "something completely unexpected" which the Korn singer later confirmed.

And when asked in a Q&A session on Reddit if he'd consider making an unplugged record, he admitted it's something he's already planning. He said: "As a matter of fact, that's some of the plans of the style of music that I'm working on right now. I don't know what it'll turn into.

"Some of it will be with Jonathan Davis I think because he has plans of doing something similar - something that might even cross over the boundaries of being more Southern-sounding.

"I did record Smells Like Children in Mississippi, which is where the blues came from, so there might be something more acoustic and blues in my future. I like the rawness of it." Read more here.

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Fan May Help Rush's Alex Lifeson To Continue Despite Arthritis

(Classic Rock) The owner of a firm that makes specially-adapted musical instruments has offered to create a guitar for Rush star Alex Lifeson. Lifeson is suffering from arthritis in his hands - a condition his bandmate Geddy Lee feels will eventually spell the end of the band's touring life.

But now instrument maker - and Rush fan - Jody Michael thinks he can help extend Lifeson's playing career with one of his specially-built guitars, which he claims can overcome some of the problems experienced by musicians with conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

His firm, Artisan Bass Works (ABW), uses patented ANSIR technology in its products. Put simply, it's an angled neck design which takes away much of the strain caused by having to keep the guitar in a playing position and makes the fretboard easier to navigate.

Mr. Michael hopes his designs will see his Rush journey come full circle. He's from Cleveland, Ohio, where the Canadian band first came to the attention of the world thanks to the support of local radio station WMMS. Read more here.

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Slayer Debut New Songs During Mayhem Tour Kick Off

Slayer is headlining this year's installment of the Mayhem Festival and at the tour kick off in San Diego on Friday they gave the debut performances of two songs from their forthcoming album, according to BraveWords.

Slayer's new studio album "Repentless", their first without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, is set to be released on September 11th and the band played the album's title track and a track called "When The Stillness Comes" during the Mayhem tour kick off at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA on June 26th.

Fan filmed video footage of both performances have been posted online. Watch both here. The Mayhem Festival tour is set to run until August 2nd when it wraps up at the Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX.

The trek also features King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice. See the remaining dates here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Streaming New Album 'Holy War' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Thy Art Is Murder have issued a stream of their third album Holy War. It'll be released in Europe on today June 29 and North America tomorrow. They issued a promo for the track Light Bearer earlier this week.

Metal Hammer describe the follow-up to 2012's Hate as their "best release to date - one that undoubtedly cements their name among the best death metal bands out there today."

The band feature in the latest edition of the magazine where they discuss the influences behind the album and why they're now appealing to the mainstream. Learn more about that and stream the new album here.

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Motorhead Changed Approach On New Album 'Bad Magic'

(Classic Rock) Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee says the band changed the way they usually record for upcoming album Bad Magic. Their 22nd record will be released on August 28 - and the sticksman reckons it's their most spontaneous offering to date.

Speaking at a press event ahead of their appearance at Hellfest, he says: "It was different recording this one. This time we were in a recording studio writing the album and all playing it together.

"Before, we used to be in a rehearsal studio, write the songs and then we'd go in and record it one at a time. But here we recorded it live, right away, as we had the song.

"It's a very live, very spontaneous record. I think that works best for us." Read more here.

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Nirvana Collection Coming To Vinyl and Blu-Ray Audio

(Classic Rock) Nirvana's self-titled 'best of' compilation is to be reissued on vinyl and Blu-ray audio in August. The collection was originally issued in 2002 and featured the previously unreleased studio version of You Know You're Right - the last song ever recorded by the band before frontman Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.

Nirvana will be available from August 28 on 45rpm double LP, pressed on 200-gram heavy weight vinyl and packaged in a furnace black gatefold sleeve with liner notes and a digital download card for 96kHz 24-bit HD audio.

A 33rpm single LP standard weight vinyl edition which will feature a download card for 320kbps MP4 audio is also available, along with a Blu-ray Pure Audio format in high resolution. See the track details here.

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Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Explain Anger Over AJ Pero's Death

(Classic Rock) Dee Snider has defended his comments that late Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero was "irresponsible" for not getting his heart checked out. The singer said in April - a month after the drummer passed away from a heart attack while on tour with Adrenaline Mob - that he was "angry" with Pero for not taking his family's history of heart problems seriously.

After a backlash from fans, Snider has talked about the fervor on an episode of his Snider Comments podcast. He says (via Blabbermouth): "The fact of the matter is, it was the truth. And there was quite a bit of a reaction on social media, like, 'Dee Snider bashes his drummer.' The word 'bash' and 'attack.' And the first thing I said was, 'I love the guy.' And why would anybody be upset with someone doing what AJ did unless they cared about them deeply and loved them deeply?

"People die every day, and I don't go as far as to speak out about the way they chose to go. You know, I spoke out about AJ because I'm hurt, and his family is hurt, and world he left behind is in complete turmoil as a result of it."

He continues: "So here I had an opportunity to remind people that, hey, heart disease is just that - it's a disease." Read more here.

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Glenn Danzig Covering Black Sabbath, ZZ Top On New Album

(Classic Rock) Glenn Danzig has revealed his upcoming solo covers album will feature tracks by Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and the Everly Brothers. The singer says Skeletons could be released as soon as next month, although no exact date has been announced.

Black Sabbath's N.I.B, Rough Boy by ZZ Top, The Troggs' A Girl Like You and Crying In The Rain by the Everly Brothers feature on the record. On his Sabbath cover, Danzig tells Rolling Stone:

"It's one of the Sabbath songs I really liked, and the first Sabbath record is pretty groundbreaking. I just dropped it down to a half beat, pulled all the bass out of the beginning, and it's just drums, guitar and vocals. When the chorus comes in, it's just big old bass chords and church bells.

"My attitude with covers is, make it your own or else leave it alone." He also hints that work on the next Danzig album is coming along nicely. Read more here.

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Sebastian Bach Sees Rock As Adventure Not A Business

(Classic Rock) Sebastian Bach believes his humility is what makes him a hit with music fans - even those who aren't into his work. The former Skid Row frontman says he never thought he'd make it as a rock star, believing that title was exclusively for icons such as AC/DC and Van Halen.

Bach tells The Portland Mercury: "I don't take this too seriously. When I got into rock'n'roll, I never thought I would make it, because I thought that only gods could be rock stars.

"So I do everything with a smile, like, 'I can't believe this is happening.' And I think people feel that, that I'm a real fan of rock'n'roll. It's not a business to me - it's an adventure."

The singer adds he still feels like the kid who used to jump around his bedroom pretending a tennis racket was a guitar. He says: "Heavy metal and hard rock is something I feel in my blood, and it makes me move around, and f***ing jump - it gets me fired up. I think it goes back to when I was a little kid." Read more here.

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Buddy Guy Releases Behind The Scenes Video With Rolling Stones

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones enjoyed a rare night out together on June 25 when they hung out with Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago, IL on June 25. Rolling Stone reports the day started when Keith Richards visited Buddy Guy's Legends in the afternoon to interview the blues icon for an upcoming documentary project.

That evening, the band arrived to spend time with Guy to reminisce - they first met in a Chicago studio in 1964 - and watch some authentic blues performed by 86-year-old guitarist Jimmy Johnson, who has played with both Freddy and Albert King.

"Buddy's like a stand-up comedian the way he tells stories, and they were practically on the floor laughing," says Guy's publicist Annie Lawlor. "They mostly listened to Buddy. It's tough to get a word in edgewise when he's on a roll.

"They of course remembered B.B. [King]," adds Lawler. "They wanted to hear Jimmy Reed stories - Ronnie specifically wanted to hear about Jimmy Reed. These are stories only Buddy has and only he can give them. It was pretty incredible."

The Stones then sat at a table in the back of the club to watch Johnson's first set before making a point to shake his and his bandmates hands before heading out into the night.

"I can't think of any other club in the world that that can happen, where the Stones would all be there in the same room at the same time," says Lawlor. "I'm sure they have a hard time going out in a group like that for obvious reasons. If anything is going to bring them all in the same room at the same time, it's Buddy Guy, and thats pretty cool."

Guy opened for the Stones at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on June 23, and he also joined them for a performance of the Muddy Waters classic, "Champagne And Reefer." Read more and watch the video clip here.

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Metallica Release Live Video and Audio Clips From Rock In Vienna

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing footage of a performance of their 1983 track, "No Remorse", at the Rock In Vienna festival in Vienna, Austria on June 4. The group is also sharing audio of their 1984 classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls", from the concert.

The band's video highlight package also includes guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet, and the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The Vienna appearance was one of four European shows Metallica delivered in the past month. The band's next scheduled show is at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 1. Read more here.

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Jean-Michel Jarre and M83 Release 'Glory' Video

(Prog) Jean-Michel Jarre and M83 have released a video of their collaborative track Glory. It's taken from Jarre's as-yet-untitled new album, which sees the electronic maestro also team up with artists including Tangerine Dream, Massive Attack's Robert '3D' Del Naha and tech artist Mike Levy, aka Gesaffelstein.

Jarre and M83's Anthony Gonzalez met after one of the electronic maestro's Paris shows and Gonzalez says having the chance to record with one of his heroes was a thrill.

He tells Contact Music: "He did so much for electronic music and especially for my generation of artists. It was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with one of my favourite artists of all time."

The track was originally recorded for Google Play documentary EMIC which was also used in the promotion of 2014 film Interstellar. The video was directed by Lisa Paclet. Watch the new video here.

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Dave and Phil Alvin Announce New Album 'Lost Time'

(The Blues Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin have announced they'll release their latest album on September 18. They reunited after 30 years for 2014's Grammy award-nominated Common Ground - their tribute to Big Bill Broonzy.

Now they'll issue Lost Time via Yep Roc - a record that pays tribute to the blues legends who inspired the brothers when they were young musicians. Dave says: "We want to pay homage to the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music. This time around, the guitars are cranked up, as is the energy.

"We tried our best to honour all these magnificent musicians, songwriters and singers as well as expose them to new listeners, and perhaps raise some ghosts up from their graves for a minute or two. And, hopefully, my brother and I have also again found some damn lost time."

The Alvins formed the Blasters In 1979 but hadn't worked together since Dave left to pursue a solo career in 1986. The pair were brought closer together in 2012 after Phil collapsed while on the road in Spain. The reunion led to their 2014 release.

They've made the track World's In A Bad Condition available to stream here.

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Buddy Guy Leading The Blues In Wake Of B.B. King's Death

(The Blues Buddy Guy takes his responsibility to the blues even more seriously now that B.B. King is gone. He's redoubled his lifelong commitment to discovering the next generation of talent - and recently passed on tips to a five-year-old guitar prodigy.

Guy, who's 79 next month, tells the Chicago Sun-Times: "Before B.B. passed I used to think, 'My God, there's only two of us left from that 50s and 60s era.' Most young kids are looking for role models, but they don't hear a B.B. King or Muddy Waters now.
"I remember when I was youngster, coming here looking up to those guys. There's nothing that I wouldn't do to honor them. Now I'm a senior citizen looking down, hoping some young people will come along and carry it on." Read more

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Asking Alexandria Energized By First Performance With New Singer

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce says he knew the band had made the right decision recruiting Denis Stoff just five minutes into their first gig together. The vocalist was brought in last month following the departure of Danny Worsnop in January.

And although Bruce says he was nervous ahead of their first show together in the Czech Republic, he quickly settled down when he saw how much fun Stoff was having onstage.

He tells BryanStars: "There were a million emotions running through my body. I didn't know how people were going to react - I didn't know if people were going to like us without Danny.

"That just kept running through my mind, 'This could be the end of Asking Alexandria or it could be the start of a whole new life.' As soon as I went on stage, within about five seconds I was like, 'This is the start of something spectacular.'"

He continues: "Being on stage with Denis didn't even feel weird - it felt completely natural. I was watching him and he just had the biggest f***ing sh*t-eating grin on his face. That's refreshing because Danny wasn't having fun on stage with us so it was nice to see." Read about their new album plans here.

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Tank Stream Title Track From New Album Valley Of Tears

(Classic Rock) Tank have released a stream of the title track of their 10th album Valley Of Tears. They were due to launch the record this month via Metal Mind, but pushed it back to September 18 to allow more time for post-production work.

Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans are joined on the album by Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart, while Blind Guardian bassist Barend Courbois and former Sodom drummer Bobby Schottkowski complete the lineup.

The band said of the album title: "It comes from the famous tank battle during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where one side was massively outnumbered but fought on regardless and against all odds secured a heroic victory.

"We feel that our style of metal is slowly disappearing and now we must also fight against the odds to keep it alive. We hope Valley Of Tears will inspire other bands and fans alike to never forget what real metal is all about." Stream the new track here.

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Butcher Babies Release 'Monsters Ball' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Butcher Babies have released a video for the track Monsters Ball. It's lifted from their upcoming second album Take It Like A Man which will be released on August 21 via Century Media Records.

Heidi Shepherd says of the track: "We wanted to use the swingy feel of the song to create a jazz type club scene. A Monsters Ball is how we describe the pit.

"Being an adult who always has and still thrives in the pit, I've always seen it as a carnival of monsters where it doesn't matter what you look like, where you came from, what you do for a living or your sexual orientation. We're all the same monsters there for the same reason - to rock the f*** out!"

Last month Shepherd and Carla Harvey revealed they let their emotions get the better of them when recording the album which they've previously described as a return to their "thrashy" roots. Read more and watch the video here.

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Motorhead's Ace Of Spades Performance From Glastonbury Streaming

(hennemusic) Motorhead performed their 1980 classic, "Ace Of Spades", at UK's Glastonbury festival on Friday, and video from the show is available. The band were featured on the event's opening day on a bill headlined by Florence + The Machine, who stepped in to cover for the Foo Fighters after Dave Grohl broke his leg during a show in Sweden on June 12.

Motorhead are playing shows across Europe this summer in advance of the August 28 release of their latest album, "Bad Magic." Recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb, the set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil."

Motorhead recently issued "Thunder & Lightning" as the lead track from the project. The band will launch a late summer/early fall tour of North America - with guests Saxon and Anthrax - on August 19 in Riverside, CA. Check out the Glastonbury video here.

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Gojira Frontman Joe Duplantier Another Person On Stage

(TeamRock Radio) Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier says although he feels uncomfortable in social gatherings, he can turn into a "wild beast" when playing live. The band will head out on a run of live shows next month - and Duplantier says he's grateful to be able to express himself in front of a live audience.

He tells Rcoksverige: "Maybe it's another side of me. I can't be a wild beast in my everyday conversations and I feel uncomfortable in social situations. Onstage, there's no such thing.

"You can be just like a pure explosion of energy - you can express all your frustrations. It's also a great way to get rid of all the things that are bad for you. When you scream, you have a space to express that frustration and anger that most people can't express at work." Read more here.

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NOFX Playing 'Punk In Drublic' Album At Select Shows

(TeamRock Radio) NOFX are playing their seminal 1994 album Punk In Drublic at some shows on their co-headline tour with Alkaline Trio which they just kicked off last Thursday.

Frontman Fat Mike tells Kerrang: "We're stoked to play this album live and mix up the tour a little, so both the band and our hardcore fans don't get bored. While I can't remember all that much from 1994, I do know we totally smashed it with this record. It's going to be a lot of fun bringing back those memories."

He last year came under fire after attacking a fan who invaded the stage in Sydney. The situation was rectified when Mike made him a guest of honour at their next gig. Read more including their tour dates here.

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Jarekus Singleton Met Family Resistance Over The Blues

(The Blues Jarekus Singleton respects the members of his family who refused to attend his shows for religious reasons. His grandfather was a church leader who disapproved of the blues as "the devil's music" and his beliefs have influenced younger members of the Singleton clan.

But the Mississippi guitarist reports not all of his relations agree. Singleton tells the Macomb Daily: "If my grandfather was alive right now and knew I was playing blues music, he might be tracking me down with a hammer. Or a gun!"

He says of the rest of his family: "They don't give me a hard time about it, but they don't come to the shows because it's against church doctrine. I do respect the church and what my grandfather built and what he started.

"But I have a big family, so a lot of them do come." Read more here.

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