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Day in Rock Report for 11/02/2015



Ozzy Osbourne Making New TV Show

Ozzy Osbourne is apparently returning to television. The Black Sabbath frontman reveals in a new interview that he is making a new TV program with his son Jack.

Osbourne provided the following details to Billboard, " Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history. We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the f***ing reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [Alan Turing] used to break the [German] kind.

"We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually -- history with an Osbourne slant."

Ozzy also elaborated more on his recent comments about Black Sabbath opting out of making a final album and explained the reasons why. "We were gonna do one before the tour, but it would take three or four years to write and record an album, by which time I'll be f***ing 73 or 72 or something, so we decided just to do a farewell tour.

"Plus, after the last one [2013's 13, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200], if we did an album and it went to No. 2, people would go, 'It's over,' right?"

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Announce Third Show

(Classic Rock) Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have announced details of their much talked-about UK show. It will take place on Saturday June 25 2016 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. The performance, which will celebrate the music of Rainbow and Deep Purple, will be Blackmore's first UK rock show in over 20 years.

"I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days," says Blackmore, "just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow. I'm doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he's a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury.

"So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice." Details of the musicians joining Blackmore onstage will be announced on Wednesday, while tickets for the show will go on sale at 10am on Friday. Read more here.

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Journey's Deen Castronovo Makes Plea Deal In Domestic Violence Case

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo revealed late last week that he made a plea deal for the charges he faced from his arrest after a domestic dispute at his home in Salem, Oregon back on June 14th.

Castronovo released a public statement about the arrest, apologizing for his actions and saying that the arrest and prosecution forced him to seek treatment for domestic violence and drug abuse and probably saved his life.

The following statement was published on deencastronovo.net on Friday (October 30th), "Two weeks ago, I, Deen Catronovo, made a plea deal with Salem, Oregon prosecutors. I plead guilty to one count of coercion, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of assault 4, and 2 counts of menacing. Ref: Case #15CR23974 in Marion County Court."

"Anyone who witnessed the events remains adamant that my abrasive behavior stemmed from the fact that I was at a drug-induced psychosis level of intoxication at the time of the occurrences. Otherwise, I am an easy- going guy who loves being a father and a musician."

"After my Indictment in June, I completed a 75-day inpatient treatment program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Springbrook Center, the most comprehensive drug abuse treatment center in the State of Oregon. It was at Hazelden that I quickly realized how dire the situation had become. I made a vow to myself and my family to not only stay sober but to dedicate time telling my story, speaking to promote sobriety, being a good example to my sons and advocating for the rights and assistance of domestic violence victims. I hope by telling my story I can help prevent someone else from making the same mistakes I did."

"Taking into consideration that I have been able to stay completely sober since my Indictment in June as well as the fact that I have continued domestic violence and drug counseling without any difficulties, Judge Jamese Rhodes sentenced me to four years of probation. The probation requires me to continue the domestic violence and drug abuse counseling."

"At the sentencing I apologized to my ex-fiancé, Deidra, and her family for the hurt I have put them through. I continue to wish Deidra the best. I know Deidra is not at fault for my behavior nor the consequences I have suffered because of it. Again, I want to apologize to Deidra, her family, my family, my band-mates in Journey and the fans of Journey. I'm sorry I let you all down. I have hit my bottom and I'm taking the necessary steps to ensuring that this never happens again."

"As devastating as this was for me it was far more devastating to Deidra and our children. Had it not been for her calling the police and the intervention of the prosecutors I'd probably be dead. I'm going to focus on my family, finding happiness in sobriety and helping others who might be going down the wrong path to avoid destruction. For now I'm taking it one day at a time and looking to discover what new path God has planned for me."

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Avenged Sevenfold Write Song For Call Of Duty Game

(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold have written an instrumental for upcoming video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops III, it's been confirmed. Developer Treyarch approached the US outfit to see if M Shadows and co would be interested in providing a track for the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise - and they jumped at the chance to contribute.

The band say: "We are proud to announce our involvement in Black Ops 3. Treyarch asked us if we would like to create a score to accompany a portion of the multiplayer soundtrack and we gladly accepted.

"On November 6 you can pick up a copy of the game and check out our instrumental score entitled Jade Helm while you play multiplayer or in your personal bunk inside the Safe House of the campaign." Read more here.

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Scott Stapp Hoping For Creed 20th Anniversary Reunion

(Classic Rock) Scott Stapp says he hopes Creed will work together again - potentially to coincide with their 20th anniversary in 2017. The frontman suffered a public breakdown last year in which he claimed his family had been infiltrated by members of terrorist group ISIS and that his bank accounts had been frozen.

He says the ordeal was a result of his bipolar disorder and a cocktail of prescription and non-prescription drugs and that he's taking his recovery one day at a time.

And once he's back to full health, Stapp hopes to work with Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips in Creed. He tells Rolling Stone: "I recently ran into those guys, totally not planned at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando. I was taking my son and my wife down to the pool.

"We ended up hanging out by the pool for three hours, just talking and catching up with our families together. Right at that moment, the relationships began to have a new organic-ness. We've stayed in communication since then. I know that Mark and the guys have a lot going on, as well as I do.

"I definitely hope that when the time is right, and when our schedules make sense together, given the commitment that we already have, I do hope that we do get back in the studio and make another record. Our 20th anniversary is coming up in 2017. But we'll see how it works." Read more here.

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Video Of The Dead and Company First Performance Goes Online

(Radio.com) Last Thursday (October 29), Dead and Company - the ad hoc Grateful Dead reunion featuring Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti - performed their first show ever at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

Video has emerged of the show, including the group's first two songs, "Playing in the Band" and "Cold Rain and Snow." All eyes were on Mayer, who was stepping into the late Jerry Garcia's role, as lead guitarist and vocalist. Judging from the video, his lead playing was Garcia-influenced, but still retained his own style. And on "Cold Rain and Snow," his laid back style of vocals seemed to work well.

The Albany Times Union reviewed the show, saying that Mayer was "simply astounding, pushing the band forward with his virtuosic fretwork and an infectious energy that propelled the show from start-to-finish." Check out the video here.

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Announces New Supergroup Release

(Gibson) As collaborations go, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach is aiming high. His new band, The Arcs, have confirmed their first release with both piano legend Dr. John and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo on-board.

A six-track, limited-edition 10-inch LP, The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. 1, is out November 27 as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event. The release, the first in an ongoing collaborative series under The Arcs name, will be out digitally December 11.

"Sometimes the best way to see into the future is to study the past," Auerbach says in a statement announcing the project. "In this series, we do both, collaborating with folks who have been in the game a long time but instead of rehashing old material, we collaborate on new works, explore new ideas and introduce each other to a different generational perspective." Read more here.

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AC/DC: Bon Scott Statue To Be Unveiled At Bonfest

(Classic Rock) A fan-funded statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott will be unveiled at the 10th annual Bonfest in the singer's hometown of Kirriemuir in Scotland next spring.

Event organisers DD8 Music secured funds for the project via a Crowdfunder campaign that recently surpassed its target of £45,000. Scott was born in Kirriemuir before his family moved to Australia and he eventually teamed up with AC/DC to worldwide acclaim.

Set for the April 29 - May 1 weekend, Bonfest will unveil the life-sized statue by artist John McKenna on April 30 in a memorial garden on Bellies Brae in the town, and will be officially revealed by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and Scott's 'soulmate' Mary Renshaw.

Evans will perform a solo set of material and join Renshaw - one of three co-authors of the newly-published book Live Wire - to participate in book signings as well as a Q&A session.

Also scheduled to appear is drummer Bob Richards, who appeared in videos for Let's Play Ball and Rock Or Bust last year when Phil Rudd was unable to attend the filming. Read more and see a photo here.

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Gamma Ray Recruit New Lead Vocalist

(Classic Rock) Gamma Ray have announced the addition of Frank Beck as lead vocalist for the group. The veteran German outfit have added Beck to the lineup because of his strong vocals and to free Kai Hansen up to focus on guitar while prolonging his voice on tour.

Gamma Ray say: "Kai just felt that it's time for him to cut a bit shorter on singing because he found out that his long touring - especially headline shows - after a while always tends to f*** up the voice and end up with something that is not 100%. So sharing the vocals makes things much easier and much more pleasurable.

"It will not only give the band a new dimension, but it will give Kai the freedom to move around on stage a lot and plus create a bit more action on the live performances and be more free to play the guitar." here.

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Slipknot's Stage Show Inspired By Tool Not KISS

(TeamRock Radio) Corey Taylor says Slipknot's live stage show is inspired by Tool. The frontman believes that, when it comes to the visual elements of their concerts, his band have more in common with Maynard James Keenan's crew than with KISS.

Taylor tells KOMP 92.3: "We look at everything. We look at the artwork, we look at the music, we look at the stage - everything. Everything's interconnected. Because it's so much more artistic and creative than just your typical shock-rock band.

"And I hate to use that even in acknowledgement with us, because there's so much more creativity that goes into this band. I would say we have more in common with Tool than we do with Kiss, to be honest. And I love Kiss, I love Tool, but, for me, it's a representation, and everything is connected, everything is a piece of each other." Read more here.

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Jill Janus Not Leaving Huntress After All

(TeamRock Radio) Jill Janus has confirmed she's still a member of Huntress, despite widespread belief that she'd quit. The frontwoman posted a statement on Facebook last week, later removed, saying: "The end. I told ya the Huntress trilogy would fulfill my purpose. I'm packing it up."

That led guitarist Blake Meahl to release his own statement, referring to her cancer surgery and continuing mental health issues but insisting her suggestion of a split was "unfounded."

Janus now says: "Back to business! Yes, I am still the singer for Huntress. So often the things I say or do are misconstrued, even by those closest to me. It is the end of an era for Huntress - we completed our trilogy, writing one album a year." Read more here.

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Helloween Celebrating 30th Anniversary With Hellbook

(Classic Rock) Helloween are marking their 30th anniversary with the release of a career-spanning project called Hellbook. The 498-page book traces the history of the veteran outfit that formed in Hamburg in 1984.

Hellbook presents anecdotes from the players themselves alongside unreleased live and backstage images, some available for the first time. With artwork designed by illustrators and designers like Frederick Moulaert and Marcos Moura, the project - referred to as the 'Helloween Bible' - was initiated by Carlos Vincente Leon and David López Gómez from Spain as a book by fans for fans.

Bassist Markus Grosskopf says: "For us, this book is highly emotional and evokes a thousand memories. Good moments as well as not so good ones are captured here. Thirty years of Helloween on almost 500 pages and no end in sight."

Guitarist Michael Weikath adds: "I wonder if this story will ever end. Flipping through the pages, there are many details I didn't know, didn't realize, or forgot. Here's hoping it will entice and thrill the interested reader - and do some good in unforeseeable ways." Read more here.

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Public Image Limited Release 'Bettie Page' Video

(Classic Rock) Public Image Limited have released a video for their track Bettie Page. Frontman John Lydon told Rolling Stone that the early Playboy Playmate was a "pioneer". It appears on PiL's latest album What The World Needs Now, released in September.

They previously unveiled a video for Double Trouble. On the album writing and recording process, Lydon told Classic Rock last month: "We were all gagging at the bit to get in and just enjoy each other's company. And this is the end result. That's not to say that we're perfect human beings. We had arguments, but they always led to good things.

"There's none of that petulance that I've seen with other people I've worked with over the years. PiL is now in a position where I've always wanted us to be - completely independent of outside authority." Watch the new video here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Celebrate North American Tour With Song Stream

(TeamRock Radio) Thy Art Is Murder have released a lyric video for their track Violent Reckoning. It features on their third album entitled Holy War, out earlier this year via Nuclear Blast.

It's been issued to coincide with the Australian outfit's North American tour with Parkway Drive. They were due to play tonight's (October 30) show in Anaheim, California but were banned from taking to the stage at the House Of Blues venue by owners Disney.

The band said: "We are very sorry to announce that due to the narrow-minded, corporate censoring goons over at Disney, we will be unable to join Parkway Drive on their upcoming dates at Anaheim on October 30 and Orlando Lake Buena Vista on November 23.

"We are aware we haven't played Florida for quite some time now and we are itching to get back down there and play for you guys." Check out the video here.

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Autopsy Streaming New Song Waiting For The Screams

(TeamRock Radio) Autopsy are streaming the song "Waiting For The Screams" as a preview to their upcoming Skull Grinder and After The Cutting releases. Due November 27 via Peaceville Records, Skull Grinder presents seven new tracks recorded this summer at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

Drummer Chris Reifert says the record shows the veteran Bay Area death metal outfit continue to do what they do best. Reifert tells Noisey: "As far as writing, recording and all that stuff, it's always the same every time. The approach is unchanged since day one. The songwriting is exactly what you think we'd be doing, no abrupt changes in style or weird experiments or anything like that.

"If you liked us before, I think you'll be pretty stoked. And as usual, if you didn't like us before, this won't change your mind. It's us doing the only thing we know how to do."

Skull Grinder will be issued on vinyl to coincide with this year's Black Friday event on November 27, while a CD version will follow in 2016. The project will also be included as part of After The Cutting, an 82-song, four-disc package presenting a career overview complete with demos, rarities and unreleased tracks along with a book by artist Dennis Dread.

Originally scheduled for release on November 13, After The Cutting will now be available on December 4. Stream the new song here.

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The Darkness Expanding Last Of Our Kind, Stream New Song

(Classic Rock) The Darkness have extended fourth album Last Of Our Kind with four previously unreleased songs. The deluxe edition will be launched on November 20, to tie in with their UK tour and they are streaming the track Million Dollar Strong.

The Darkness say: "The band has found some more tracks hidden under a carelessly-discarded catsuit, and thought they would make an excellent Christmas gift to their fans. The tracks join the phenomenal original 10 tracks which were unleashed earlier this year to critical acclaim."

The three additional titles are Messenger, Always Had The Blues and I Am Santa. Those who pre-order the title on CD or digital will receive an instant download of Million Dollar Strong. Check out the song stream here.

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Danny Bryant Streams New Song Blood Money Feat Walter Trout

(Classic Rock) Danny Bryant has released a stream of the title track from his upcoming album Blood Money, featuring a guest appearance by Walter Trout. The album comes out January 29th.

The pair first met when Bryant was 13 years old in 1993, Last year he and his wife set up the YouCaring campaign to help with the liver transplant that saved Trout's life last year.

Bryant also went out on the road with the veteran musician's backing band to keep them in work while their leader was in hospital. Trout said at the time: "Besides being one of my dearest friends, Danny is a great artist who's starting to come into his own. So my band, who depend on a pay cheque, get to work, and I also help to get Danny's career going. It's a win-win situation." Stream the song here.

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Sikth Releasing Mini-Album 'Opacities' Next Month

(Prog) Sikth have signed a deal with Peaceville Records for their upcoming mini-album Opacities. The six-track is due out on December 4 and marks the band's first material since 2006's Death Of A Dead Day.

Guitarist Dan Weller says: "It's more thoughtful, heavier, more refined. A lot of heart and soul went into the making of it - this record is for our fans who've been so loyal."

Mainman Mikee Goodman recently explained the concept behind Dan Mumford's cover art. He said: "The concept of Opacities comes from the layers we see beneath the surface - the undertone of the city. It can relate to anything though whether it be humans or whatever. It's also inspired by the hypocrisy in modern culture." Read more here.

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Soundgarden Hits Have Been Accidents Says Cornell

(Classic Rock) Chris Cornell says he never set out for commercial success as a songwriter. The Soundgarden frontman insists his hits have all been "accidents" and that he was always more interested in albums than singles.

Cornell tells Migs Cast (via Blabbermouth): "I always felt like if most of the people that came up with me and came out of the world that I came out of and my band came out of, if they seemed to try to write for commercial success, it probably had less commercial appeal somehow.

"And I always felt that way with me. I felt like I can write 10 songs, and if one of those somehow has a broader appeal, it's an accident. But that accident will happen occasionally. And I'm not necessarily ever the best judge of it. I don't feel particularly in touch with the commercial side of music as a fan, and I never was."

He continues: "I was always someone that liked the deeper album tracks and I liked the songs that I didn't hear on the radio - the songs that my friends hadn't heard. And maybe what went into making that song is something that appealed to me, that is why I like music that's different than, I suppose, what makes commercial music.

"I believe that, especially with commercial success, if that's your aim as a songwriter, I think you have to get in that lane early and stay there because there's a whole bunch of stuff you've got to work out. I never worked any of that out. I always felt like I'll do my best as a songwriter and an album recorder if I don't consider any of that, and I will have probably a better chance at having popular songs if I don't do that." Watch the full interview here.

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The Tangerine Dream Announce Tangerine Vinyl Release

(Prog) The Tangerine Dream compilation album entitled Out Of This World is to be released on colored vinyl on December 11. It was initially launched earlier this year in memory of mainman Edgar Froese, who died in January aged 70 and was compiled by his widow Bianca Froese-Acquaye.

Now, it'll be issued on double gatefold 2LP, and pressed on tangerine vinyl via Invisible Hands Music. Following Froese's death, former member Peter Baumann, who had been in discussions to rejoin the group, vowed to keep the band going.

He said: "There will be a new project, and Edgar's fingerprints will be all over it. His personality will permeate everything that is composed and produced under the TD name." Read more and a photo here.

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Teramaze Release 'Her Halo' Video

(Prog) Teramaze have premiered their video for Her Halo with Prog. It's the title track of their fifth album, released today via Music Theories Recordings. They previously streamed all eight tracks from the album with Prog.

The follow-up to 2014's Esoteric Symbolism, and their first outing with vocalist Nathan Peachey, is described as a "textual story of real depth, drama and intensity about events that unfold within a travelling show - the facades, the elation, the extravagant performances and the conflict within everyone involved."

Guitarist Dean Wells says: "Her Halo is the third track, where the story goes into more detail about the trapeze artist and how she sees her world. On the stage she's the star and elegance radiates off of her

"But behind the closed curtain she is broken, self-destructive and ready to fall apart." Watch the new video here.

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Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior Collaborates With Drone Metal Band Earth

(Prog) Steeleye Span singer Maddy Prior has written and recorded a track with drone metal band Earth. It's the result of a genre-swapping challenge with her daughter Rose Kemp, who's stepped away from her usual heavy material to create a song with folk revivalist Jon Boden of Bellowhead.

The experiment is the subject of a two-part BBC On The Road radio documentary. The corporation say: "Maddy and Rose discuss their lives in music, family and the songwriter's process.

"As well as the resulting songs, the programmes will also feature interviews with collaborators and contributions from those attached to their musical legacies, including John Kirkpatrick (Steeleye Span), Hamish Glencross (Vallenfyre, My Dying Bride) and Mike Vennart (Vennart, Oceansize)." Read more here.

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Moreland & Arbuckle Going Old School With New Album

(The Blues) Moreland & Arbuckle will return to a more traditional sound for their seventh album, due early next year. The follow-up to 2013's 7 Cities will be their first with Alligator Records. It's produced by Matt Bayles, who's previously worked with Mastodon and The Sword.

Guitarist Aaron Moreland says: "The new album is consciously more traditional than our last two - but still has the signature grit and power that we've crafted the past 13 years. We achieved that beautifully."

He continues: "We're very happy to work with the Alligator team. One of our biggest influences ever, Hound Dog Taylor, was the very first Alligator artist. One of the reasons we have no bass player was listening to Hound Dog's music as we were coming up." Read more and check out a video here.

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Blues Harp Women The Focus Of New Compilation

(The Blues) Ruf Records have confirmed the release of a double-album that celebrates female harmonica players. Blues Harp Women has been under production for years after US DJ Norman Smith began an investigation into why so few of them reached public awareness.

He reports: "Big Mama Thornton is responsible - I played one of her tracks on my radio show, heard a nice harmonica solo and checked the liner notes to see who it was. It was Big Mama! It was the first time I recall hearing a woman playing blues harp, and it set the wheels turning in my head."

He set up the website Hermonicas.com to chart his progress, until the concept of a compilation record was suggested. "It's taken a few years - working with 30-plus artists can get very complicated," says Smith. "But finally the album is finished and is about to become a unique part of music history.

"I hope this album will shed some light on what has been a black hole in the blues universe. It proves that, as with other instruments, women are the equal of men on the harmonica. Perhaps this will help them get the attention that has passed them by in the past." Read more including the track details here.

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Hollywood Undead Teaming With Attila For UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Hollywood Undead will tour the UK in April with special guests Attila, they've announced. The five-show run continues the California rap-rockers' support for fourth album Day Of The Dead, released in March.

Frontman Jorel Decker recently told TeamRock Radio: "In Europe the fans are much more loyal. They're harder to earn, but they'll stick with you for a lot longer.

"In the States it's a flash in the pan. Unless you have big single out, no-one gives a damn. So I'd rather do well over here than over there." See the upcoming UK dates here.

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Singled Out: Rob Bravery's Broom Cupboard

UK artist Rob Bravery has received acclaim for his new album "Esque", drawing comparisons ranging from Radiohead to Massive Attack. We asked Rob to tell us the story behind his new single "Broom Cupboard." Here is the story:

'Broom Cupboard' started off as a bit of a throw away track for me. Most of the songs on 'Esque' I'd meticulously planned from top to bottom, but with this one I remember feeling out the melody/lyrics and structure fairly absent-mindedly over the course of a few hours, making a conscious effort to relinquish control of the track whilst writing (not sure if 'conscious' constitutes relinquishing control) and just follow the mood. I definitely felt the album needed something light and floaty to offset all the gloom.

Since then the track's taken on loads of different incarnations. There's a version of it somewhere that sounds a bit Nirvana Unplugged, and another one that's all synths. I guess it took a while to find the right instrumentation to fit the song.

Lyrically I guess I was still toying with some pretty bleak themes - singing about some kind of insurmountable/thankless pursuit - hence the "40-something failure" talk.. It's more tongue in cheek than anything too solemn though..

I was just picturing myself in the exact same place as 40 year old cackling away maniacally, with my Mum looking on in horror.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about Rob and his new album right here!

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Romanian President Speaks Out About Fatal Rock Club Fire

(Classic Rock) The Romanian president says safety regulations could have been ignored at a rock club where a fire killed 27 people on Friday. The blaze is believed to have started in Bucharest's Colectiv club when a pyrotechnic display set fire to the stage during a concert by local band Goodbye To Gravity.

Up to 400 people were in the club at the time and more than 140 people remain in hospital. A stampede started after the fire took hold and swept through the venue.

It is now thought that safety rules were not heeded, the BBC reports. President Klaus Iohannis - who declared three days of national mourning - says: "I am saddened, but also revolted that a tragedy of this scale could have taken place in Bucharest. We already have indications that the legal regulations had not been respected." Read more here.

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Def Leppard's New Album Fanpack Version Released

(TeamRock Radio) The Classic Rock Magazine fanpack edition of Def Leppard's new album Def Leppard is on sale now. The album is the follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.

"We got together to see what we had with maybe putting out a three track EP in mind," says Joe Elliott. "All of a sudden we had twelve songs on the go, and two more would come just a few weeks later. It's the first album we've ever made with no deal in place and no one looking over our shoulders so the freedom was immense, and I think you can hear it in the songs.

"The Fanpack is everything you need to know about Def Leppard... and more. And the brand new album, with two bonus tracks that are not available on the regular version. It really is a fanpack. It's there for the discerning Def Leppard fan to be able to read historical articles about the band, and our take on our new record."

The Fanpack features a 116-page magazine featuring all-new interviews with all five band members, all-new photos and a track-by-track guide to the album, a series of collectable art cards, and a metal Def Leppard keyring. It's available to order online and you can find a UK retailer that are carrying it here.

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Falling In Reverse Guitarist Jacky Vincent Leaves Group

(Radio.com) Falling In Reverse guitarist Jacky Vincent has left the group in order to pursue a solo career. The band to released an official statement Alternative Press which reads in part:

"Falling In Reverse has announced that Jacky Vincent is leaving the band to concentrate on his solo career. Ronnie Radke said, 'I remember the first time I met Jacky, I walked out of prison and he was waiting there so stoked. Hands down one of the greatest guitar players to ever live. And one of the most genuine people I've ever met. I wish him nothing but the best. Love you Jacky."

Jacky Vincent said, 'I can't thank Ronnie, Derek and Ryan enough for the last 5 years. I will most likely never laugh as hard again in my life. I feel proud to have played with such brilliant musicians and I will miss touring with them enormously." Read more here.

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Ghost Rock The Late Show For Halloween

(hennemusic) Ghost performed their single, "Cirice", on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS-TV on October 30th and video of the performance has been posted online.

The Halloween Eve appearance marked the American TV debut by the Swedish rockers as they promote their latest album, "Meliora." The group are currently playing dates on the Black To The Future North American tour in support of the project, which delivered Ghost their first-ever US Top 10 when the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 8 with opening week sales of 29,000 copies.

Ghost's third album, "Meliora" was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace. The project sees the debut of vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls. Watch the TV performance here.

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Fleetwood Mac Reveal Deluxe 'Tusk' Box Set Details

(Radio.com) Fleetwood Mac will reissue their landmark 1979 album Tusk with a deluxe box set that dives deep into the band's archives of that ambitious effort. The set will feature an alternate version of the classic double album, as well as unreleased studio recordings, demos and remixes.

The band's 1979 album Tusk, which was the follow-up to Fleetwood Mac's hugely successful 1977 album Rumours, sold more than four million copies worldwide and peaked at number four on the Billboard album charts. It spawned the hit singles 'Sara," 'Think About Me," and the beloved title track.

The deluxe version of Tusk features five CDs, two LPs and one DVD, which contains a remastered version of the album, unreleased studio sessions, demos, as well as the original album on vinyl. It will also be available in a three-CD set and a standalone disc that contains the remastered version of the album.

Also included in the set is a two-disc collection of songs recorded live on Tusk tour in London, Tucson and St. Louis. Read more here.

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27 Killed, 180 Injured By Explosion At Rock Concert

(TeamRock Radio) At least 27 rock fans and many more have been injured in an explosion at a club venue in Bucharest, Romania. It's thought a pyrotechnic display set fire to the stage during a concert by band Goodbye To Gravity, leading to a blaze that raged through the premises.

Up to 400 people were in the Colectiv club at the time and some remain unaccounted for. Emergency services were on the scene within 10 minutes and victims are being treated at 10 hospitals throughout the city.

Authorities declared a code red situation, requiring off-duty medical staff to attend. Eyewitness video shows survivors receiving attention on the streets outside Colectiv, with a fleet of ambulances in action.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea has said that the death toll is expected to rise to around 40 as rescue work continues, while 180 have been confirmed injured so far. Read more and watch the video report here.

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Def Leppard's 'Let's Go' Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have released the music video for "Let's Go", the lead single from their newly-released self-titled album. The group's 11th record and first new album in 7 years marks the follow-up to 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge."

"We made this record as an artistic statement that we'd be happy to play in 10 or 15 years in time and go 'You know what? That is a great record. That was a great period in our career'," says frontman Joe Elliott. "You just have to wait for the stars to be aligned. For this new album, they seemed to have been for us, because we all played and sang great and wrote well.

"There's some great variety on there. Every single aspect of anything we've ever wanted to put out - acoustic, heavy, soft, slow, fast - it's there. That's why we call it 'Def Leppard' because, just like Queen were, we're capable of coming up with vastly different kinds of songs." Watch the video here.

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After The Burial Stream First New Song Since Justin's Death

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial are streaming their first track, Lost In The Static, since the death of guitarist Justin Lowe. The track will be released as a digital single on November 13.

He fell from a bridge in July, aged 32, after seemingly suffering a mental breakdown and accusing bandmates of being involved in a conspiracy against him.

ATB postponed their planned activities to deal with the emotional issues resulting from his death - but they later announced a US tour with The Faceless, saying: "Everybody deals with tragedy in their own way, and at their own pace. The common goal is to get back to living a normal life. A normal life to us is being on the road, meeting our fans, and sharing our music with the world." Stream the new song here.

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Pope Francis Reveals Rock Album Details

(Classic Rock) Pope Francis is releasing a rock album. Wake Up! hits the shelves on November 27 and features 11 choral numbers reimagined by contemporary composers alongside excerpts from Pope Francis's speeches taken from the Vatican Radio Sound Archive.

Wake Up! is about "not giving up in asking ourselves questions about purposes and meanings of everything," says The Pontiff. The album includes contributions from Tony Pagliuca, founder of the Italian progressive rock legends Le Orme, whose classic Felona e Sorona album was re-recorded for Charisma Records in 1974 with lyrics translated by Van Der Graaf Generator vocalist Peter Hammill.

The Album comes with a 24-page booklet that includes prayers, lyrics and excerpts of speeches by the Holy Father, with translations in English and Spanish. Check out a track here.

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Motorhead Launching New Line Of Craft Beer

(Classic Rock) Motorhead have unveiled a new line of craft beer called Motorhead Imperial Pale Lager. Available from November 2 via Systembolaget in Sweden, the latest addition to the Motorhead Drinks Line sees the band team with Swedish brew master Patrick Holmqvist at Nils Oscar Brewery to create what they call a "skull-crushing, ground-breaking imperial lager."

Drummer Mikkey Dee says: "We've released a few drinks now, and for every one, we want to push the limits further. With Motorhead Imperial Pale Lager, we pulled all the stops, and this is craft beer at its best. We love the approach of Patrick and his crew at Nils-Oscar, and we know our fans will love this great beer as much as we do."

Holmqvist adds: "Motorhead are a huge part of my childhood, so needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to brew with this iconic band. From my first show at Saga in Copenhagen on April 3rd 1986 I instantly connected with the sound, the attitude and their complete refusal to compromise. I took all that with me to the brewery, and for me, the beer absolutely reflects those things." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath and Rammstein Lead Hellfest Lineup

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath and Rammstein have been confirmed as the headline acts for next year's Hellfest event. The festival will take place in Clisson, France on June 17, 18 and 19, 2016.

Over 100 other bands have also been announced, including Megadeth, Korn, Slayer, Ghost, Paradise Lost, The Offspring, Twisted Sister, Bring Me The Horizon, Anthrax and Tremonti.

Organisers say: "We have tested your patience these last few days and we hope you will forgive us. As you know, instead of leaking tidbits of information, drip by drip, we'd rather go for the big splash.

"We are happy to announce this first list of groups, and we are equally curious to have your feedback on this 2016 vintage." Read more and see the event poster to see additional bands in the lineup here.

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Paramore Announce Bands For The Parahoy Cruise

(TeamRock Radio) Paramore have confirmed six artists who'll be joining them onboard their second Parahoy cruise next year. Singer Hayley Williams has posted a video on Facebook revealing that New Found Glory, Mewithoutyou, Vacationer, Lights, X Ambassadors and Chvrches will take to the sea with them from Miami on March 5-9, 2016.

The band had the following to say about the cruise: "With such an overwhelming and positive response to the inaugural Parahoy it's only natural that we take to the seas again.

"If you missed all the fun first time round, or if you just want to do it all over again, we're inviting you to join us in 2016. We can't wait to be together at sea once again."

The event will take place onboard the Norwegian Pearl. Read more and watch the announcement video here.

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Release 'Trouble' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have released a video for their song Trouble, which is a track from the group's debut album Blossom, released in August.

Former Gallows frontman Carter recently explained the record was the result of a "turbulent year" in 2014, adding: "I wrote it all down, a line here, a paragraph there, and soon I had a book full of suffering and questions.

"I decided I needed an outlet to help me take these lyrics and do with them what I do best - perform." The band just completed a European tour. Check out the new video here.

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Pallas' Niall Mathewson Releases Halloween Themed Album Preview

(Prog) Pallas guitarist Niall Mathewson has released a trailer for his solo album Eclectic Electric Volume 1. Pallas' most recent album is 2014's Wearewhoweare.

The Halloween-themed video is soundtracked by his song The Girl In The Attic, which features on the album, on sale now. Mathewson recently made snippets of every song available to stream.

He said: "As the title suggests, this is a collection of musical pieces that tries to demonstrate my somewhat eclectic tastes in music. You may find some of my influences easy to spot and others not so easy." Watch the video here.

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Ulver Announce New Album 'ATGCLVLSSCAP'

(Prog) Ulver will release 12th album ATGCLVLSSCAP in January, they've confirmed. Its name is made up of the first letters of the signs of the zodiac, although the Norwegian experimental outfit have been calling it 12 during its production.

The release contains over 80 minutes of music, mainly improvised, with over 60% of the material previously unheard. The band's label, House Of Mythology, say:

"The basis for ATGCLVLSSCAP arrives from recordings made at 12 live shows performed in February 2014, in which the band vaulted into the deep end of an improvisatory approach to their performance." Read more here.

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Hexvessel Streaming New Song 'Earth Over Us'

(TeamRock Radio) Hexvessel are streaming their new single Earth Over Us. The track is released on 7-inch vinyl on November 27. It's limited to 500 copies - 400 on black vinyl and 100 on green. The green versions will only be available at the Leafmeal Festival in Dortmund, Germany, on November 27.

Taken from upcoming album When We Are Death - due out on January 29, 2016, on Century Media - Earth Over Us is backed with a B-side cover version of Tiamat's Gaia.

Frontman Mat McNerney says: "This is the first song I wrote for the new album, and some who have seen us this year will have heard this one live already. It was just our first step towards the album we call When We Are Death, and so there are many surprises we're holding back, both haunting, folk and heavy-psych.

"Earth Over Us is our gateway drug that we hope hooks you up to the Hexvessel magic trip we're gonna lay on you come January 2016." Stream the song here.

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Tonight Alive Announce Limitless Album, Release New Video

(TeamRock Radio) Tonight Alive have confirmed their third album is called Limitless, and it's to be released on March 4. They've launched a video for lead track Human Interaction, and confirmed a run of UK shows for February.

Vocalist Jenna McDougall says of the follow-up to 2013's The Other Side: "Limitless is a record that is just as much about redefining boundaries as it is about challenging the illusory concept of boundaries itself.

"Our mission in both the writing and recording was to dissolve all restriction and repression of the mental, physical and spiritual." Watch the new video, check out the album's tracklisting and see their upcoming tour dates here.

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Hexvessel Streaming New Song 'Earth Over Us'

(TeamRock Radio) Hexvessel are streaming their new single Earth Over Us. The track is released on 7-inch vinyl on November 27. It's limited to 500 copies - 400 on black vinyl and 100 on green. The green versions will only be available at the Leafmeal Festival in Dortmund, Germany, on November 27.

Taken from upcoming album When We Are Death - due out on January 29, 2016, on Century Media - Earth Over Us is backed with a B-side cover version of Tiamat's Gaia.

Frontman Mat McNerney says: "This is the first song I wrote for the new album, and some who have seen us this year will have heard this one live already. It was just our first step towards the album we call When We Are Death, and so there are many surprises we're holding back, both haunting, folk and heavy-psych.

"Earth Over Us is our gateway drug that we hope hooks you up to the Hexvessel magic trip we're gonna lay on you come January 2016." Stream the song here.

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