Day in Rock Report for 11/03/2015

Metallica To Play Super Bowl 50 Eve Show

(hennemusic) Metallica will headline a Super Bowl 50 eve concert in San Francisco next February. The band will play at year three of CBS Radio's "The Night Before" annual event at AT&T Park in San Francisco on February 6.

"How cool is this?" says drummer Lars Ulrich. "Super Bowl madness, AT&T Park and Metallica all coming together in one over-the-top hometown gig. We are of course beyond psyched and extremely honored to be flying the flag for not only Bay Area music, but for heavy music in general at CBS Radio's The Night Before 2016 edition.

"Get your dancing shoes ready, 'cause this is going to be one next-level, uniquely crazy event!" Metallica will be joined by special guests Cage The Elephant.

A Metallica fan club members presale starts November 3 while general public seats will go on sale November 6. Super Bowl 50 will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, February 7. Read more and watch the video promo for the event here.

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David Lee Roth's Unreleased Album Sounds Like Old Van Halen

(Classic Rock) John 5 says the album he has recorded with David Lee Roth sound like "old Van Halen." The pair recorded the as-yet-untitled album last year and, so far, there are no plans for it to be released. But Rob Zombie collaborator 5 insists it's a "great" piece of work and says he hopes Roth puts the record out at some point.

John 5 tells Guitar Player: "I know one thing - Dave loves the record. But he's doing Van Halen, which is doing great too. So we'll see what happens in the future. It's old Van Halen. It sounds like Could This Be Magic? It's just that sound, that tone. The songs are so good, they're really great."

John 5 and Roth previously worked together on the DLR Band album, but the guitarist says this latest record ended up being terrifying thanks to some last-minute changes.

He adds: "We did it without a click track, because he wanted that natural feel. Then he wanted to get drums on and some percussion, and the engineer was, like, 'Well, we're really gonna need click.'

"I'm leaving for a tour with Zombie in 40 hours. So Dave called me and he said, 'John, you've gotta come in and record the whole record again.' We're talking overdubs, harmonies, everything.

"He says, 'You've gotta come in and redo these guitars on the whole record.' Anybody else, I'd be, like, 'You crazy,' but it's Diamond Dave, and so I was, like, 'Okay.'" Stream the full interview here.

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Dream Theater To Debut New Album In Full On Upcoming Tour

(Prog) Dream Theater will debut their upcoming album live on tour across Europe, they've confirmed. The band last week began teasing the release on their website by telling fans: "The path will soon divide - choose wisely."

Now they've revealed the follow-up to their self-titled 2013 release will be performed in full on a run of theatre shows which starts in London on February 18th.

The announced dates continue through the following four weeks, with more dates to be added. Tickets go on general sale on Friday (November 6) and further details will be revealed soon. See the announced dates here.

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The Hellacopters Reuniting For Music Festival Appearance

(Classic Rock) The Hellacopters are planning to reunite for an appearance at next year's Sweden Rock Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, "Supersh*tty To The Max," it's been reported.

Vocalist and guitarist Nicke Andersson, guitarist Dregen, bassist Kenny Hakansson and drummer Matz Robert Eriksson formed the group in 1994. Dregen departed in 1997 and the band decided to call it a day in 2008.

Now they'll reform for an appearance at the 2016 event to mark the 2 decade anniversary of their first album. Dregen tells Svt.se: "We want to celebrate it properly with a gig at the Sweden Rock Festival - but it's just a gig." Read more here.

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Anthrax Announce New Album 'For All Kings'

(hennemusic) Anthrax will release their new album, "For All Kings", on February 26. The group issued a video announcement on Monday revealing the record's title and the release date for the follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated album, "Worship Music."

The project is being previewed with a lyric video for the lead track, "Evil Twin." "Yeah, that opening riff is really evil," says drummer Charlie Benante. "We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song. I think along with Scott's lyrics and Frank's melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel."

Anthrax have been in the studio this year working on the record, which marks the debut of former Shadows Fall lead guitarist Jon Donais, who replaced Rob Caggiano following his departure in 2013. Watch the announcement video and stream the new song here.

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Rock Club Owners Arrested After 32 People Killed In Fire

(Classic Rock) The owners of a Bucharest nightclub where a fire killed 32 people and left almost 200 injured have been arrested. It has also been reported that two of the dead were members of Goodbye To Gravity, and that a third member of the band is in hospital in a critical condition.

According to the Guardian, Costin Mincu, Alin George Anastasescu and Paul Gancea were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. The three men declined to comment.

Friday's blaze at rock venue Colectiv is believed to have started when a pyrotechnic display set fire to the stage during a concert by the local band Goodbye To Gravity.

Up to 400 people were in the club at the time and a stampede started after the fire took hold and swept through the venue. Romanian prosecutors say: "Data and evidence have shown the fire occurred because the people managing the respective space encouraged and allowed a number of people above the club's limit in a space that was not endowed with more emergency exits." Read more here.

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Aiden Celebrate Final Album Release By Giving Away Past Albums

Aiden are celebrating the release of their new self-titled album, billed as their final release, by offering fans a free download of their entire back album catalog.

According to the announcement the free downloads include "Some Kind Of Hate, Disguises, Knives, Conviction, Rain In Hell, Our Gangs Dark Oath and Nightmare Anatomy".

Aiden frontman William had the following to say about the final album when they began work on it back in January, "Aiden has been on hiatus for a while now but it's time for me to answer your requests.

"Aiden was my life for a long time. We spent years on the road playing shows and releasing records, making friends and creating lasting memories. I have a lot of love for this little punk band that gave me so many incredible experiences." Grab the free downloads here.

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Twenty One Pilots Announce North American Emotional Roadshow

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots have announced they'll tour across North America next summer. The Emotional Roadshow dates kick off in Cincinnati on May 31 and end at New York's Madison Square Garden on August 10.

The shows are the latest in an extensive run of live performances for Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph. They're currently on tour in the UK, with the duo also planning trips across Europe, Mexico, North America, Japan and South America before embarking on their 2016 Emotional Roadshow.

The duo, who released fourth album Blurryface earlier this year, have also revealed a teaser video for the new spring and summer dates. View it and see the tour dates here.

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Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Collaborates With Trans-Siberian Orchestra

(Gibson) Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has collaborated with Trans-Siberian Orchestra on a reprise version of "Forget About The Blame" from the band's upcoming album Letters From The Labyrinth.

Hale told Billboard.com the band wanted somebody with some 'whiskey dust' in their voice, and her name came up. "They ended up coming to me in Nashville during our last little stint of time off and cutting it, and it was awesome, just an amazing group to work with," she said.

As Trans-Siberian Orchestra mastermind Paul O'Neill told Billboard, "I needed someone to bring out the female side of it, so we decided we would have two singers sing that song for a different perspective. Lzzy Hale has a great voice. She's a great rocker, a lot of emotion. Robin [Borneman] and Lzzy, in my opinion, knocked it out of the ballpark." Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Frontman Says Coldplay 'Jacked' Their Art

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has taken a dig at Coldplay for apparently borrowing his band's artwork. Posters appearing around London this week are thought to promote the pop outfit's upcoming album, although it's not been confirmed.

But the design bears a striking resemblance to the over of BMTH's 2013 album Sempiternal, which was inspired by a 6000-year-old geometric symbol known as the flower of life.

Sykes says via Twitter: "Coldplay jackin our steez hard." One fan observes: "Now everyone will think I have a Coldplay tattoo," while another says: "Wonder if they will do a cover of Antivist?" See the artwork in question here.

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Scorpions Release Behind The Scenes Video For Album Reissue

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have released a behind the scenes video preview of the expanded reissue of their 1977 album, "Taken By Force," which is set for release on November 6.

The German band are presenting part one of a documentary revisiting their fifth record and final project involving guitarist Uli Jon Roth. The reissue is one of 8 expanded albums issued the same day and featuring many previously unreleased tracks as part of the Scorpions 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions series.

In addition to "Taken By Force", fans will have access to expanded versions of "Tokyo Tapes" (1978), "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love At First Sting" (1984), "Savage Amusement" (1998) - as well as 1985's "World Wide Live." Watch the video here.

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Bury Tomorrow Release Video For Title Track Of New Album Earthbound

(TeamRock Radio) Bury Tomorrow have announced their fourth album will be released next year - and they've unveiled a video for its title track. The English metalcore outfit will issue 10-track effort Earthbound on January 29 via Nuclear Blast. The promo for the track of the same name can be viewed below, along with the tracklist.

Frontman Dani Winter-Bates says: "To me, Earthbound feels like the distillation of everything we've ever wanted this band to be about. Our first three records are kind of part of their own trilogy but this is Bury Tomorrow's record, we all see this as our chance to show people what we are capable of."

He adds that the new material gets to the "real nitty gritty" of what their fans want to hear from them. He says: "We wanted pace, we wanted heaviness, and for me, personally, I wanted to write a record which was the sonic embodiment of a circle pit. I think we've done that." Watch the video here.

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Jack Bruce, Robin Trower Lead Songs From The Road Release

(Classic Rock) Jack Bruce, Robin Trower and Gary Husband are the focus of Ruf Records' next Songs From The Road installment. The CD/DVD set will be launched on December 11, featuring previously-released material recorded in the Netherlands in 2009.

Cream icon Bruce and Procol Harum guitarist Trower first collaborated on 1981 album BLT, and 1982 follow-up Truce. They reconvened for 2008's Seven Moons.

But the run of shows in February 2009 - originally launched as Seven Moons Live - were the only times they performed live, with the addition of Gary Moore, John McLaughlin and Level 42 drummer Husband.

Ruf Records say: "After two gigs in Karlsruhe and Cologne, the trio was ready to play the Dutch city of Nijmegen. This night was very special, not because of the camera crew and the recording, but because Trower, Bruce and Husband had already formed a whole.

"The pleasure the guys had on stage makes this set a unique piece of rock music. Bruce - who died last autumn, but had already suffered several strokes of fate at the time of the recording - said during the show: 'It's fantastic to be here. For me personally, it's fantastic to be anywhere, actually.'" Check out the track details and cover art here.

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Tesla, Sebastian Bach Lead Monsters of Rock Cruise Lineup

(Gibson) The fifth annual Monsters of Rock Cruise, which will set sail in February, has just announced its lineup, and the list includes hard rock and heavy metallers Tesla, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, Steve Vai, Queensryche and Extreme. More than 40 acts total are set to perform.

The theme for this year's Monsters of Rock Cruise is "Shredders from the Deep," and in line with that motif, the cruise will highlight wailing guitar players. The trip, which runs from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, will being in Miami and make stops at the Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas before sailing back to port.

Other acts onboard include Helloween, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, Y&T, Michael Monroe, former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra, Doro, Vixen and more.

On top of the live rock and metal jam, the cruise will also include complimentary guitar fantasy camps with Vai, Moore, Gus G, UFO's Vinnie Moore and others. One fan at each clinic will score a guitar autographed by some of the guitarists. Read more here.

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Rod Stewart Talks New Album In Online Video

(Classic Rock) Rod Stewart has released his latest album, Another Country, the follow-up to 2013's Time album. And in a video published today, he talks about the benefits of not recording in a studio, the best way to get a reluctant audience to appreciate your new material, and why writing those songs isn't easy.

"The last album did really well, especially in Europe," says Rod. "And it gave me the confidence to spread my wings and keep on writing. And songwriting's never been easy for me. It's always a struggle."

In September, Stewart teamed up with Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones to perform a seven-song set of Faces songs for 5000 fans at Hurtwood Park Polo Club, raising money and awareness to fight prostate cancer, and appeared at the BBC's Festival In A Day in Hyde Park. A Faces box set was released in August. Watch the video here.

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Flying Colors Release 'Bombs Away' Live Video

(Prog) Flying Colors have released a live video of them performing Bombs Away. The clip is taken from the prog supergroup's live album Second Flight: Live At The Z7, which was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour.

Keyboardist and singer Neal Morse says: "I love the guitar work in this one. Steve really nails it. This also has a really cool proggy string melody section that I can never get out of my head, in a good way. The only other thing I have to say about this song can be summed up in one word - cheezewizz."

Second Flight: Live At The Z7 is released on November 13 on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround and Pono. Watch the video here.

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Devil You Know Streaming Cover Of 'Eye Of The Tiger'

(Classic Rock) Devil You Know have released a stream of their cover of Survivor classic Eye Of The Tiger. It appears as a bonus track on Howard Jone and co's second album They Bleed Red, to be launched on November 5 via Nuclear Blast.

The song, originally released in 1982, was written at the request of movie star Sylvester Stallone, who used it in the soundtrack for Rocky III. It became the second-best selling single of the year in the US.

Devil You Know drummer John Sankey says: "One day in the studio, Howard turned up in a shower robe and started shadow boxing while doing his best Rocky Balboa impersonation. It was so impressive that we immediately knew we had to do Eye Of The Tiger.

"We entered the studio swinging wildly in all directions and there was blood, sweat and many many tears - mainly of uncontrollable laughter. Hours later we emerged victorious and super-slow-motion high-fived each other in classic Rocky fashion." Stream the song here.

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Public Service Broadcasting Postpone Several Concerts

(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have announced that they have been forced to postpone five UK shows, which were due to take place later this month, until next year.

Gigs in Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Norwich scheduled for Nov 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 have now been pushed back until February. Their performances in Cardiff (November 26), Southampton (November 27) and London (November 29) will go ahead as planned.

The band say: "We apologies wholeheartedly for any inconvenience caused. In the past three years of intensive touring and 350+ shows we haven't cancelled or postponed a single gig, and doing so this time is not a decision we have taken lightly.

"For us, though, just as we're sure for all of you, family comes first, and we don't feel able to fulfill the first week of dates given our current circumstances." Read more and see the rescheduled dates here.

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Pain Of Salvation Working On New Heavier Concept Album

(Prog) Pain Of Salvation's 10th record will be a concept album founded on their heavier work, mainman Daniel Gildenlow has revealed. Their last release, 2014's Falling Home, was an acoustic collection mainly featuring new interpretations of older material.

But the follow-up will demonstrate a different approach. Gildenlow says: "Ragnar Zolberg and I truly enjoy writing music together, and have that sort of completing-each-others'-sentences dynamic that I have only found in very few people.

"You'll see a hungry and strong Pain Of Salvation, confidently returning to a harder and heavier form - still, as always, without losing the intimacy and originality that has been the trademark of the band." Read more here.

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King 810 Release String Quartet 'Devil Don't Cry' Video

(TeamRock Radio) King 810 have released a video featuring a string quartet version of their track Devil Don't Cry. The original cut of the song appears on debut album Memoirs Of A Murderer, which was released last year.

The black and white promo stars singer/songwriter Rosie May and was shot in Hamtramck, Michigan - the first time the band have filmed a video outside of their home town of Flint.

Frontman David Gunn directed the moody video. He tells Metro Times: "When I set out to shoot the video, I knew an important part would be finding a real string quartet to play the music. Using actresses just wouldn't be right, it needed to be authentic.

"I got connected with the Professor of Orchestra at Wayne State and with his help, locked in a talented quartet of his students. On top of that I had already worked with a handful of Detroit film crews in the past so it was a better play to go to them rather than bring everyone to me.

"We ended up shooting in a row of art houses in Hamtramck. Detroit and Flint are in the same boat really, so I'm glad we could keep it local." Watch the video here.

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Upon A Burning Body Frontman Reveals Unusual Sobriety Method

(TeamRock Radio) Upon A Burning Body frontman Danny Leal says he's staying away from booze and immersing himself in "coloring books" in an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle.

As part of a Facebook post to promote an upcoming documentary series, Leal says: "I'm not a rockstar. But no matter what you do people will still look for a way to portray you in a bad light. Sometimes I might stay in the van because I'm not having a good day and don't want to give off any negative vibes. But people will immediately put the stamp on it, 'Oh he's being an a**hole. Douche.'

"But its not like that at all. I've had my fun and crazy times back in the day, but right now I'm trying to centre myself with a healthier lifestyle and separate myself from negativity or drama."

He continues: "I've adopted the pescatarian style of eating, picked up some coloring books, and haven't had a drink on this tour. Right now I'm just trying to take care of my wife and kid with this great gift that I've been given the opportunity to do." See the post and read more here.

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Steely Dan Music Used To Celebrate Empire State Building Milestone

(Classic Rock) The music of Steely Dan has been used to mark the 50th anniversary of the installation of the Empire State Building's Master FM Antenna. A light show was put on to mark the occasion using the iconic New York landmark's tower beams. And it was accompanied by the band's 1978 track FM (No Static At All).

Lighting designer Marc Brickman, who also synchronised the Empire State Building's July 4 light display in tribute to the Grateful Dead's final Fare Thee Well shows, choreographed the event above the streets of Manhattan.

The building is bathed in various colors throughout the year to mark special events, such as Halloween, wins for the city's sports teams, charity events and historical anniversaries.

The next light show is scheduled for November 3, when the tower will be lit in red, white and blue in honor of Election Day. Check out video of the show featuring the Steely Dan track here.

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Singled Out: Spiritwo's Mesumamim

Spiritwo frontwoman Yael Claire Shahmoon tells us the story behind their son "Mesumamim" which is being released as part of a double A-side single with the song 'Face To Face' on November 13th. Here is the story:

"Mesumamim" means " On Drugs" in Hebrew... guitarist Charlie Cawood preferred the original Hebrew word to the English one, as it creates an abstract metaphor to what "drugs" can represent, like, for example, people who live like zombies in the big city - just numb...from struggling the daily grind, closed up in they own shell of survival and self neglect...workaholics who never have time for themselves, people who forgot who they are in order to fit in, youngsters that are afraid of their lives floating in the haze of endless clubs, people binge drinking...you see all sorts of zombies in London...

When I was designing the electronic drums, I designed a snare that will sound like a gun shot - a 'slapping' menace of self damage...hinting something suicidal... I have also asked Charlie Cawood, who plays many world music string instruments - to put some Arabic Oud in the song, to have a deep, 'heartfelt' sad tone to it...but he chose the Turkish Saz... that has a 'lighter' higher pitch...

So I think we ended up with a 'Spagetti Western Urban Melodrama' of a track, with wide sound landscapes, maybe not the Sahara... maybe the Nevada! a beautiful, romantic void with a distance gun shot...a whole personality who is becoming a dessert! :)

Image wise, I remembered my first ever SPIRITWO shoot with Frankie Eden in 2006 - In those times, I have performed live in big queer underground events in Tel Aviv with a huge wig and latex dresses (before Lady Gaga came around, of course)

In that first photo shoot I pretended to be a girl that never left her room - sitting on her neglected bed with all the food she ate, popcorn and breadcrumbs...Posing pure decadence and glamorous witchcraft...

I decided I can Re-use the images and collide them with amazing nature landscapes shot by photographer Jon Bagge in the Lake District - creating a clash between all the beautiful pure things existing in the world - and how we might miss them - being trapped in our own self neglect, being out of touch...

So in the video for Mesumamim we mixed all those images up...Creating an avant guard video saga by putting some slugs on a bed, full of pictures and memories, plotting up a sense of absence, inner darkness, emotional blindness and then - jumping into heartening brightness of nature pictures in time lapse...and ...of course, a splash of water, to make the drama more wet!!

Director Rosie Jones who shot and edited the video had to hear me keep saying " I know its Hardcore... but can we keep it Zen??! "

I think Mesumamim is defiantly a 'Wet Dessert Hardcore Zen song'... ...yeah... ;-)

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

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