Day in Rock Report for 06/30/2015

Guns N' Roses Have Enough Songs For '2 Or 3' New Albums

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses have enough new material to record "two or three albums" according to guitarist Richard Fortus. He and keyboard player Dizzy Reed say the follow-up to 2008's Chinese Democracy is coming along nicely as the band members have been trading digital files and working on the tracks. But they still can't say exactly when it'll be released.

Fortus tells VerdamMnis Magazine: "So much has been recorded, we could get two or three albums, seriously. We sent our files in all directions. We can't wait to put it out as soon as possible."

Reed adds: "It'll be good. When will it come out? We still don't know. Only Axl knows, but it is very secret. Be patient." Fortus said this month that he expects a GNR album out in 2016. Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Tour Still On Despite Grohl's Broken Leg

The Foo Fighters have shot down speculation that they were going to cancel their North American summer tour due to Dave Grohl's broken leg. The tour will kick off with a 4th of July show in Washington D.C.

The band posted confirmation on their various social media pages that the show, the first of their North American tour, was going on as planned. They wrote, ""Can't f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC."

The "see you at home" reference appears to apply to Grohl who spent most of his youth in Springfield, VA, a suburb of Washington DC where the 4th of July concert is scheduled to take place at the RFK Stadium.

The concert will also feature performances from Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Trouble Funk and Trombone Shorty.

The band's publicist also confirmed that the full tour will still be happening by sending out a slightly altered tour routing under the heading "Foo Fighters begin North American tour dates with July 4th 20th Anniversary blowout."

The new routing shows that the band's originally scheduled concert on September 18th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA has been moved to October 17th. As of early Tuesday morning the band's official site still showed original date. See the tour dates here.

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Vivian Campbell Returns To Def Leppard Tour Despite Cancer

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell joined the band's newly-launched North American summer tour in Atlanta, GA on Sunday following news that his cancer had returned and video from the show has been posted online.

The group brought in Trixter guitarist Steve Brown in Campbell's place for the first few shows of the run - which opened in Tampa, FL last week - while he addressed his health issue with doctors.

First diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013, the guitarist had returned to action this spring after undergoing a stem cell transplant last fall before receiving word that the cancer had reappeared.

Originally set to miss the first two shows of the tour, Campbell was unable to make it to the group's third stop - in Birmingham, AL - on Saturday. "Despite my every effort (including trying to charter a plane)," said the guitarist, "the gods conspired to keep me from playing in Birmingham last night. But I'm Irish and stubborn; I fear no man, no god, and no cancer. Even if I have to walk, I WILL see you in Atlanta."

Campbell says he will receive future cancer treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so he won't have to miss any more shows. Read more and see video and photo from Vivian's return here.

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Yes Cofounder Jon Anderson Pays Tribute To Chris Squire

Former Yes singer Jon Anderson has posted an online tribute to his former bandmate Chris Squire, who died on Saturday (June 27th) after a battle with a rare form of leukemia.

Anderson who cofounded Yes with Squire in 1968 writes on his official website, "Chris was a very special part of my life; we were musical brothers. He was an amazingly unique bass player - very poetic - and had a wonderful knowledge of harmony.

"We met at a certain time when music was very open, and I feel blessed to have created some wonderful, adventurous, music with him. Chris had such a great sense of humor… he always said he was Darth Vader to my Obiwan. I always thought of him as Christopher Robin to my Winnie the Pooh.

"We travelled a road less travelled and I'm so thankful that he climbed the musical mountains with me. Throughout everything, he was still my brother, and I'm so glad we were able to reconnect recently. I saw him in my meditation last night, and he was radiant. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

"Love and light…..Jon"

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Skyharbor And Frontman Daniel Tompkins Part Ways

(Prog) Daniel Tompkins has quit as frontman of Skyharbor after five years with the Indian prog outfit. Tompkins says he felt he was holding the band back from their full potential and that leaving is one of the most difficult decisions he's ever had to make.

The singer says: "I'm incredibly sad to be parting ways with my amazing friends Keshav, Devesh, Krishna and Aditya. We have collectively come to the decision that it is in the best interest of the group that I step down as the frontman of Skyharbor.

"From the very start I have put my heart and soul into the project but circumstances have made it clear that I am holding the band back from opportunities too good to miss. We all agree this is the best thing for everyone. We will always be close friends and I wish them only the best for the future." Read more here.

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Shinedown Return With 'Cut The Cord' Video

(Classic Rock) Shinedown have released a video for their first new music in three years. The song Cut The Cord is taken from the band's upcoming fifth album. The follow-up to 2012's Amaryllis will be released later this year.

Frontman Brent Smith tells Billboard: "Cut The Cord is a wake up call reminding us all that we can control our own destiny by finding the courage and tenacity to destroy whatever it is that's holding us back.

"The process may not be pretty or perfect or even easy, but absolutely necessary. The song is brutally honest and unapologetic, which is what Shinedown has always been." Watch the video here.

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U2 Break Out Rarity In Chicago

(hennemusic) U2 performed their 1981 track, "Gloria", for the first time in 10 years during their show in Chicago on Sunday night and HD video footage of the performance has been posted online.

"We're a band from the north side of Dublin called U2," said Bono as an introduction. "This is the first time we've played this song in about 20 years."

Last played live in December of 2005, the single from "October" was the second song of the third night of a five-night residency at the United Center as part of the group's "Innocence + Experience" tour.

Following their Chicago stop, U2 will play two dates in Toronto and four in Boston before wrapping up the current North America leg with an 8-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden.

After a five-week break, U2 will return to the road when they begin a European tour in Turin, Italy on September 4. Watch the video of the Gloria performance video here.

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Till Lindemann Confirms Rammstein Return Plans

(Classic Rock) Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann has confirmed the band will get back to work in September. This month, Peter Tagtgren - who works with the Rammstein singer in his side project Lindemann - said his bandmate would return to his other group in a few months.

And now Lindemann has confirmed that is the case, although he's not sure whether they will put out an album or an EP, or go straight into a touring cycle first.

Lindemann tells Rock Sverige: "Rammstein gets together again in September and we have to look for a new rehearsal room. We used to play in this old and famous club, the Knaack Club, but they closed it down because of neighbours and some bullsh*t, so we have to find something new.

"Maybe we go straight back into touring or an EP or a full album, I don't know." Read more here.

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Disturbed Believe New Album Will Be Worth The Wait

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed say their upcoming album Immortalized will be worth the wait. The band announced the end of their four-year hiatus last week and will release their first album since 2010's Asylum on August 21.

Guitarist Dan Donegan says: "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 five 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." Read more here.

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KISS Guitarist Hopeful For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Tommy Thayer remains hopeful that KISS will record a new album - even if Paul Stanley isn't so sure. Stanley said in May that he doesn't think it's necessary for the band to put out a follow-up to 2012's Monster. However, his bandmate Gene Simmons said the following day that Kiss would issue their 21st album in 2016.

And guitarist Thayer seems to back Simmons' assessment. He tells Mariskal Rock: "I hope so. But I can tell you that nothing's planned. But it doesn't necessarily mean that we won't do one either.

"I know that you've heard different things from different people. And, hey, people can change their minds and have a different outlook next week or another month.

"If it is decided to do another record, suddenly we can be in the studio within a month. But there are no plans right now, but I wouldn't say it's completely out of the question." Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Couldn't Watch Kurt Cobain Documentary

(Classic Rock) Dave Grohl says he couldn't watch the Kurt Cobain documentary as he knew some of the footage would upset him. The Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer was interviewed for Brett Morgen's hit film Cobain: Montage Of Heck, but the footage never made the final edit.

And as he lay in bed with his wife recently, she flicked on to HBO which was showing the documentary. But after watching 10 minutes of it, he became "terrified" of what some of the darker footage might have done to his state of mind.

Grohl tells the Washington Post: "All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out." Read more here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Laments Today's Lack Of Guitar Heroes

(Classic Rock) Slayer's Kerry King says today's rock scene is sadly lacking in guitar heroes. The guitarist doesn't think many of today's up-and-coming or established rock acts have guitar players who other musicians aspire to be like.

He tells LA Weekly: "During the decade before Slayer, and decade after, there were guitar heroes. Ted Nugent, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Dave Murray, Glenn Tipton, Tony Iommi. Later on, there was Yngwie Malmsteen. You had guys in the 90s like Zakk Wylde and Dimebag Darrell - people that you would aspire to be."

King recalls a conversation he and fellow Slayer member Gary Holt had at a recent festival, in which both lamented the lack of a "vibe" being shown by one act.

He adds: "We were at a festival in South America a few years ago and we were watching a video feed of the band that was playing onstage. I was watching the screen and I just did not get why this band was popular at all." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Releases Live Video From British Lion

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris has released a live video for the track "Eyes Of The Young" from his solo project British Lion. First issued in 2012, the record features Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar, and Simon Dawson on drums.

Harris will take British Lion on the road for a full UK tour this summer with dates starting July 29 in Harlow. "As Maiden fans know," says Harris, "the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I'd do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn't get a chance to play during the previous tours.

"We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we're playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do. We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!"

Iron Maiden's plans have been on hold for several months following word that singer Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue that needed to be removed. Dickinson underwent surgery and chemotherapy this spring and was given the all-clear last month that the cancer had been successfully addressed.

On July 3, Iron Maiden will be presented with the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award by UK charity Nordoff Robbins at their 40th anniversary gala, in recognition of the band's "outstanding contribution to UK music."

The honor also recognizes the group as one of the most globally successful and influential rock bands of all time, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide. Watch the video here.

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The Who Release Classic Performance Video From Shea Stadium 1982

(hennemusic) The Who are celebrating the release of "Live At Shea Stadium 1982" with a performance video of their 1971 classic, "Behind Blue Eyes", from the package.

Now available on DVD, SD Blu-ray and digital formats, the set features the second show of the group's two-night stand at New York's Shea Stadium in the fall of 1982.

On the road in support of tenth album, "It's Hard", the trek was the last to feature Kenney Jones on drums. The run was also billed as the band's farewell tour, which wrapped up with two concerts at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens - the second of which was broadcast live on radio and via pay-per-view.

The Who went on to tour again in 1989, 1996, 2000 and several times since. The group played at the Glastonbury festival on Sunday as part of their 50th anniversary farewell tour, "The Who Hits 50!", and wrap up a short series of European dates on June 29.

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

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Judas Priest and Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Plan Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have announced dates for a late fall tour of the UK. The 6-show run, with guests Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock, opens in Bradford on November 23.

The band are on the road in support of their 2014 album, "Redeemer Of Souls." The record marked guitarist Richie Faulkner's studio debut with Priest; he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.

The project delivered the UK metal legends the first US Top 10 of their career. "Redeemer Of Souls" debuted last summer at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 copies sold, surpassing the group's previous chart peak of No. 11 with 2008's "Nostradamus."

Judas Priest are currently playing a mixture of shows in Europe and the US over the summer, including several festival dates. See the tour dates here.

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Faith No More Cover The Foo Fighters 'All My Life'

(Radio.com) In their early days, Faith No More's frontman Mike Patton was as likely to make fun of other bands as to say anything nice about them. More likely, actually. He's a guy who mocked Guns N Roses and Metallica continuously while opening for them on tour, and he ribbed the Red Hot Chili Peppers often through the years, despite showing a pretty blatant Anthony Kiedis influence on FNM's most successful album, The Real Thing.

But maybe he's mellowed a bit, or maybe he just felt bad about Dave Grohl's recent stage injury, in which he broke his leg and had to cancel a string of European tour dates, potentially costing the Foo Fighters millions.

Whatever the case may be, Patton and Faith No More paid tribute to the Foos for a few seconds during the breakdown of FNM's 1992 classic "Mid Life Crisis," by throwing in a bit of the Foos' 2002 classic "All My Life" (before going into yet another classic, the Trashmen's 1963 "Surfin' Bird," popularized by the Ramones).

Watch the performance here.

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Dennis Svensson Releases Song Featuring Former Tesseract Frontman

(Prog) Dennis Svensson has issued a track featuring former Tesseract frontman Ashe O'Hara exclusively through TeamRock. Svensson is a member of metal outfit Deceptic - but Arbitration is his first solo release.

O'Hara says: "This song is about a difference between factions and the idea of knowing exactly what you need but not being the one in control - a dictatorship almost. Having someone else in control of your future is a frustrating thing and I think it's something we all experience first-hand at least once."

Svensson adds: "I started to write the track in January, and listened a lot to Ashe's solo stuff in that period. So Ashe was the first singer I had in mind for the song, and I wrote a lot of parts and harmonies with his voice in mind."

The guitarist says he plans on recording more material with other guest singers and adds: "I'll work together with Ashe on a track like this in the not so distant future because he's an incredible singer." Read more and stream the song here.

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Alice Cooper Jams Classic Song With Michael Monroe

(hennemusic) Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe joined Alice Cooper for his 1972 classic, "School's Out", at the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday and video of the jam has been posted online.

Cooper's encore with Monroe wrapped up a 24-song set the event as the shock rocker performs on his Raise The Dead tour. "Hey, had a FANTASTIC time with Alice Cooper tonight at the Tuska Festival in Helsinki!!," posted Monroe after the show. "Thank You, Alice! Thank You Toby, the Band & the entire crew & everybody there! Good times!!"

Monroe will release his 10th studio album, "Blackout States", on October 16. Produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, the project is the follow-up to the 2013 Finnish chart-topper "Horns And Halos." Check out video of the jam and see a photo Alice Cooper shared here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Went With Reality For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Thy Art Is Murder's Andy Marsh says the band decided to ditch lyrics based on "fantasy and gore" in favour of "real" issues on their latest album. The Australian deathcore outfit released third album Holy War this week and last week made it available to stream in its entirety.

And guitarist Marsh says the lyrical content is based on reality rather than fiction - which the band believe makes it a heavier record than those that came before it.

Marsh tells Seattle Sound Live: "We decided a few years ago that for us at least, lyrics based in fantasy and gore weren't heavy to us anymore. We live on a real planet in real communities with real problems.

"We felt that those sorts of topics were more relevant to us and more relevant to everyone who is alive today and that we could bring an extra level of emotion and aggression to our music through that." Read more here.

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BirdPen Release 'Alive' Music Video

(Prog) BirdPen have released a music video for their track Alive through Prog. The song comes from Mike Bird and Dave Pen's latest album In The Company Of Imaginary Friends which Prog magazine called a "truly remarkable work."

They previously issued a video for Equal Parts Hope And Dread. Pen tells the latest issue of Prog: "The album's about searching for the light - seeking freedom in a world that's spiraling out of control. It's easy to slip into the darkness in the modern world where things can be picture-perfect on the outside but there's a lot going on under the surface."

The pair are expected to announce tour dates in the near future while Pen launched his We Are Bodies side-project earlier this year with French-based composer Robin Foster. Watch the video here.

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Young Guns Announce UK Headline Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Young Guns have announced a 13-date UK headline tour. They were previously confirmed for the Warped Tour date at London's Alexandria Palace on October 18 - now they play extra shows across the country in the same month.

Young Guns played a well received set at Download and take to the road next month for a run of UK gigs which includes appearances at the 2000 Trees festival and T In The Park.

The band are touring in support of Zeros And Ones - and frontman Gustav Wood revealed he's delighted to be playing live again after the release of their third album.

He said: "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." See the tour dates here.

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