Day in Rock Report for 11/04/2015

Foo Fighters Reveal Cryptic Hint At Big Announcement

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters continue to tease fans about some kind of coming announcement. On Tuesday. the band tweeted the cryptic message "the wish is drawn inside".

That phrase also now adores the band's official homepage which was recently converted to a countdown clock, but with no information provided as to what it is actually counting down to.

The countdown is pointing to something happening on midnight of November 22, which is just a few days after they finish the last of their scheduled tour dates on November 19 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Foo Fighters logo on their web page is in what could be a highway sign; due to this, many fans are speculating that that the band will be announcing the second season of their Sonic Highways documentary series on HBO. Read more here.

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Journey Fired Deen Castronovo Following Arrest

(Classic Rock) Deen Castronovo was fired by Journey in the weeks following his arrest for assault, he's revealed. And he's admitted he found the move "heartbreaking" - although he accepts the band did the right thing.

The drummer this week vowed to stay clean after being sentenced to four years' probation on six charges relating to a violent incident with his then-fiance in July.

In the statement he didn't discuss his status with the band, although he suggested that a return to work was some time away - while admitting he'd probably be dead if the situation hadn't become a police matter.

Now Castronovo tells UCR: "I was fired on August 10. I was terminated. I was in treatment at the time and I'm grateful I was, because that was heartbreaking."

He adds: "Journey has a stellar legacy and I've tarnished that. They did the right thing. They did what they needed to do." He reveals that he had to call the band's manager to ask about his status, and that's when he was told: "Well, we've decided to terminate you." Read more here.

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Slipknot Had To Fire Jordison Says Corey Taylor

(TeamRock Radio) Corey Taylor says the firing of Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was one of the most difficult things the band have ever faced - but insists it had to be done. And he's described the band's current status as a "2.0 kind of situation."

They parted ways with him in December 2013 as they were gearing up to make .5: The Gray Chapter - their first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.

Taylor tells Living Out Loud LA: "It was hard at first. Nothing worth doing is ever easy right out of the gate. When we parted with Joe it was honestly because of necessity. He was going one way and we were going another, and we just couldn't go that way any more.

"Starting to move on without him was one of the most difficult things we've ever done - just as hard, in a lot of ways, as trying to move on without Paul." Read more here.

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Dave Mustaine Reveals Megadeth's U.S. Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has revealed the timing of a U.S. tour in support of the group's forthcoming project, "Dystopia," with the tour expected to launch in February.

"We're not gonna be heading back into the States until February of '16, I think, is when we start the U.S. tour," Mustaine told fans during a Periscope session on October 31.

"And we've got a pretty interesting lineup. I'm sure you guys are gonna be stoked. I can't say anything yet until it's confirmed. But it looks like everybody's gonna be accepting the tour. And it'll be four of us."

The 2016 US tour will sync up with the January 22 release of their 15th album, which marks the debut of new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God following last fall's departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. Read more here.

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Pantera, Ozzy, Metallica Stars Lead All-Star Lemmy Tribute Lineup

The lineup has been revealed for the all-star band that will help pay tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at this week's Bass Player LIVE! All-Star Concert and Awards Ceremony.

Lemmy will be receiving the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award from Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo during the event this Saturday, November 7th at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

The award presentation will be followed by all-star concert paying tribute to the Motorhead icon which will feature bassist Trujillo, Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, Pantera), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), and dUg Pinnick (King's X, Grinder Blues, Pinnick/Gales/Pridgen).

They will be joined by guitarist Lita Ford, Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Chuck Billy (Testament) on vocals and musical director Tommy Rickard (Scott Weiland, Linda Perry) on drums.

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Bad Brains' Dr. Know On Life Support In The Hospital

(TeamRock Radio) Bad Brains have asked fans to pray for guitarist Dr. Know who is on life support in hospital. Dr. Know, aka Gary Miller, is seriously unwell, although no details on the exact cause of his condition have been released.

Bad Brains posted the following message to fans via their Facebook page: "The Bad Brains family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr. Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers.

"The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honored during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way. Positive vibes and PMA!" Read more here.

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Gilby Recalls Firing From Guns N' Roses

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke recalls how a "pissed off" Axl Rose brought his spell with the band to an abrupt end. He spent three years with GNR after replacing Izzy Stradlin in 1991 and says Rose was the one who wielded the axe.

Clarke tells Front Row Ravers: "Axl one day just wanted to change things up. I honestly didn't know what he wanted to do. He never talked to me directly, I always dealt with Slash.

"There was one week I was in the band and then the next week he was just pissed off with something. And finally one day, the checks stopped coming. That's how it all ended."

Clarke, who recently said couldn't see Slash reuniting with Rose in GNR, is still on talking terms with the guitar hero. And he says Slash is even more famous now than he was at the height of GNR's fame. Read more here.

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Lars Ulrich Excited About Metallica's 'Night Before' Super Bowl Show

(Radio.com) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke with Radio Alice in San Francisco about the band headlining the CBS Radio's "The Night Before" concert, which will take place the evening prior to Super Bowl 50, will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will feature Cage the Elephant opening.

"So, there's a small sports event happening in February, it's Super Bowl 50," he said. "It's gonna be here in the Bay Area, and that whole week is gonna be Super Bowl madness, and one of the crazy events that week will be a giant Metallica show, the night before the Super Bowl."

"We're super proud to be play a big hometown gig. Metallica, being from San Francisco, flying the flag for all things Bay Area all over the world, to be part of the Super Bowl at home is an awesome thing for us… We came up here in 1983 and for 32 years, we fly the flag for San Francisco and we're very proud of that." Read more here.

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Marty Friedman Announces North American Tour Dates

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has announced that he will follow up his first live dates in North America in over a decade with a new leg of tour dates on the continent early next year.

Friedman will be kicking off the trek with a guitar clinic in Mexico City on February 5th followed by the launch of the official tour in Phoenix on February 8th and concluding on February 19th in St. Petersburg, FL at The State Theatre.

He will then be taking part in next year's Axes & Anchors Cruise which is sailing from Miami on February 20th. The cruise will feature acclaimed guitarists Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Schenker.

The guitarist is launching the tour in support of his latest album "Inferno" and has recruited the band Holy Grail to support him at most of the dates on the new tour leg. See the tour dates here.

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Dream Theater Confirm Astonishing Album Title Following Leak

(Prog) Dream Theater have confirmed that their upcoming 13th album will be called The Astonishing. The follow-up to 2013's self-titled effort will be released in early 2016, the band say. They moved quickly to confirm the title after promoters in Europe leaked it on a number of tour posters.

Dream Theater say in a Facebook posting: "And so it begins...our new album is entitled The Astonishing, and we cannot wait to share it with you early next year."

Earlier this week the band confirmed they would play the album in its entirety on their 2016 European tour, which starts in London on February 18. See the post which includes artwork here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Release Wash It All Away Video

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch have released a video for their single Wash It All Away, which also a track from their latest album Got Your Six, released in September via Prospect Park. They previously released Jekyll And Hyde as a single.

The promo for Wash It All Away is directed by Wayne Isham and features footage captured during the band's recent show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory says: "There is a reason why Wayne Isham is a legendary video director. I think he was the perfect choice to capture the band's live show and the energy that connects us to our fans.

"That energy is the reason why this band is still getting bigger and bigger. Something is simply infectious about what leads up to and what happens at our shows and we wanted to create a time capsule of that for ourselves and for the fans."

Isham says he was thrilled to work with the band as they are big supporters of America's military veterans. He adds: "When I was asked to direct the new 5FDP video, I was into it right away. Being a fan of the band made it easy. Being a veteran myself, seeing what the band has done for veterans over the years made this a no-brainer for me." Watch the new video here.

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Voivod Announce 2016 U.S. Winter Tour

(Prog) Voivod have announced the first leg of their 2016 US tour. They're currently on the road across Europe on their Deathcrusher 2015 run of shows. And they'll head back over the Atlantic in February with support from Vektor and Eight Bells.

Drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin says: "Voivod are excited to follow up the success of the Napalm Death tour of the USA last winter with a new tour. This will be part one of a two-leg tour - west coast dates will be mid-2016."

Voivod have also released a split 7-inch with Century Media labelmates Napalm Death. New Voivod track Forever Mountain is backed by Napalm Death's Phonetics For The Stupefied. See the tour dates here.

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Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged Cardigan Being Auctioned

(Classic Rock) A lock of Kurt Cobain's hair and the cardigan the late Nirvana frontman wore for his appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1993 are being auctioned online by Julien's Live.

The lock of hair was originally given to doll maker Dame Darcy by Cobain's widow Courtney Love, who commissioned a doll for daughter Frances. The strand up for auction was left over once the figure had been made. It's expected to fetch between $8000-$10,000. At press time the current bid was $5000.

The cardigan is said to have been obtained "from a close friend of the Cobain family" and has a price estimate of between $40,000-$60,000 with the current bid of $30,000 at press time. Read more here.

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Orion Release Music Video For 'Somnium'

(Prog) Orion have released a music video for their track Somnium, a song from their next as-yet-untitled album, which the Manchester outfit are expected to release in 2016.

The track is said to be part of a larger concept which vocalist Phil Owen, bassist Alex Sharpe, drummer Nath Mcleish and guitarists Alex Huzar and Mike Jones will explore fully on their full-length studio outing.

Huzar says: "The new single is a stepping stone from what we have been doing to date and to what we are currently working on in our forthcoming release. It's really exciting as this release is the first time that we're seeing writing contributions from our whole band, rather then just a few members."

He continues: "You can expect to see a really diverse set of sounds, instruments and influences which will really complement that Orion flavour that people have come to know." Watch the video here.

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Sikth Release Animated Philistine Philosophies Video

(Prog) Sikth have released a video for their track Philistine Philosophies. The song is taken from upcoming mini-album Opacities, released on December 4 via Peaceville Records.

On the concept for the video, vocalist Mikee Goodman says: "I thought the band should be presented as individuals. I felt a full band performance shot was not right for us. It was a really intense editing process. I created full screens beforehand to play behind the band.

"The animation and puppet design was by a man called Gavin Sodo I worked with before. I think they look amazing. In order to create places that look out of this world, I thought this was the best way." Watch the video here.

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Spock's Beard Release 'Tides Of Time' Lyric Video

(Prog) Spock's Beard have released a lyric video for their track Tides Of Time. The song is taken from latest album The Oblivion Particle, which was released in August.

"Tides Of Time" is also featured on an upcoming compilation album called The First Twenty Years, which will be released on November 20 via Inside Out Music.

It includes tracks from all 12 of the group's albums as well as a brand new 19-minute song penned by Neal Morse called Falling For Forever - with all members, past and present, performing on the track.

The First Twenty Years is available to pre-order. The album artwork has been released and can be viewed along with the lyric video here.

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Billy Sherwood Streaming Title Song Of New Album The Citizen

(Prog) Billy Sherwood has released a stream of The Citizen - the title track from his upcoming record. The song features late Yes bassist Chris Squire, along with keyboardist Tony Kaye. The concept album about a soul reincarnated in various historical settings is out on Friday (November 6) via Frontiers Music.

Sherwood says of the track: "I think people need to listen to the album once, and then start again with the song The Citizen as it shows that the guy has already been there throughout history."

Sherwood's latest solo album includes guest appearances from a string of artists, including Alan Parsons, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Steve Hillage, Partrick Moraz, John Wesley, Jerry Goodman, Dixie Dregs, Colin Moulding, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman and Jon Davison. Stream the song here.

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Cradle Of Filth Announce North American Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Cradle Of Filth have announced that they will be launching a North American tour early next year that will feature support from Butcher Babies and Ne Obliviscaris.

Dani Filth and co will play the run of shows under the Inquisitional Torture banner in support of latest album Hammer Of The Witches, released earlier this year via Nuclear Blast.

Cradle Of Filth have also revealed that they will be headlining Hammerfest VIII at Pwllheli, North Wales, which will be taking place on March 10-13, 2016. See the North American dates here.

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Lucinda Williams Announces New Album The Ghosts Of Highway 20

(The Blues) Lucinda Williams will release 12th album The Ghosts Of Highway 20 in February, she's announced. The follow-up to last year's Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone was inspired by the interstate route that crosses Louisiana, where she was born.

Her lyrics conjure up characters who live on or nearby the highway, while she's also included a cover of Bruce Springsteen's Factory and Woody Guthrie's House Of Earth.

Featured musicians include guitarists Greg Leisz - who also co-produced the record - Bill Frisell and Val McCallum, alongside rhythm section Butch Norton and David Sutton. Read more and watch a video clip here.

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John Bassett Previews New Arcade Messiah Album

(Prog) KingBathmat mainman John Bassett will release his second album under the Arcade Messiah banner next month. The one-man project's debut launched in November last year via a pay-what-you-want scheme on Bandcamp.

Bassett says: "After the surprise success of last year's original Arcade Messiah album, and after receiving feedback from fans of that album, I decided to make a sequel.

"It's a continuation of that album, that is hopefully bigger, better, more refined and more dramatic, but which didn't lose the vibe and atmosphere that was created on the original album." Check out the preview here.

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Threshold To Headline ProgPower Europe Festival

(Prog) Threshold have been confirmed as first headliners for next year's ProgPower Europe festival. It'll be the fourth time the band have appeared at the event, with their last set having taken place in 2010.

They headlined the first-ever edition in 1999. Also confirmed are Distorted Harmony, 6:33, Earthside, Chaos Divine and Subterranean Masquerade, with 10 more acts to be announced.

ProgPower Europe 2016 will be held on the weekend of September 30-October 2 at Baarlo, Netherlands, and tickets are on sale now with earlybird discounts running until December 1. Read more here.

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Behemoth's Nergal Marking Bone Marrow Anniversary With Special Show

(TeamRock Radio) Behemoth mainman Adam 'Nergal' Darski will mark the fifth anniversary of his life-saving bone marrow operation with a special guest appearance with Fields Of The Nephilim in London on December 17.

Carl McCoy and co will play the city's Shepherd's Bush Empire on December 19 with support from Purson, and recently added the extra show at the Islington O2 Academy with Nergal.

Nergal joined Fields Of The Nephilim on stage in Poland in 2011 when he was recovering from his leukaemia surgery. And he says next month's guest slot with his favourite band is the perfect way to celebrate his "second birthday."

He says: "December 17 is a celebration day in my personal calendar. That's why I often say my birthday is twice a year - it was exactly five years ago when I was sitting in my hospital isolation ward waiting for bone marrow delivery." Read more here.

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Dimmu Borgir Release Video Update From Recording Studio

(TeamRock Radio) Dimmu Borgir have posted a brief video update from the studio where they're working on their 10th album. In March, the band announced they were at the pre-production stage on the follow-up to 2010's Abrahadabra.

Now, the Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit uploaded a short video to Facebook showing soundwaves on a computer screen, along with the caption: "Work in progress."

There is no sound in the update video clip, but the hashtags " #‎dimmuborgir‬ ‪#‎preprod‬ ‪#‎vocalsession‬ ‪#‎shagrath‬" attached to the post suggest the soundwaves are from a recent vocal recording session. Watch the video here.

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Northlane Stream Cover Of Tame Impala's Let It Happen

(TeamRock Radio) Northlane have released a stream of their cover of Tame Impala track Let It Happen. The Australian outfit decided to record the track by fellow countryman Kevin Parker and his band as they say they share similarities when it comes to how they write material.

Northlane say: "We'd been wanting to do a cover for quite some time but because we all listen to fairly different music, we could never come to any sort of conclusion about what artist or song to choose.

"Jon Deiley came to a rehearsal with the first minute of this as a rough demo and it clicked. Tame Impala might seem an odd choice for a cover from us, but it's a band that has a fairly similar writing process, and a few common threads within their music and lyrics."

Northlane reveal they had planned to record the cover during their recent BBC live session in London but ran out of time. The band add: "We'd already worked on developing this song and rehearsing it and didn't want that to go to waste, so we chose to do our best to polish up the demo on a laptop. After this ordeal we're glad this cut can finally see the light of day." Check out the cover tune here.

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Primal Fear Reveal Details For Forthcoming Album Rulebreaker

(TeamRock Radio) Primal Fear have released the artwork and tracklist for their upcoming 11th album. Rulebreaker is out on January 29, 2016, via Frontiers Music Srl on CD, deluxe CD/DVD, vinyl and a special super-limited edition version featuring an eagle head.

The deluxe edition DVD includes videos for The End Is Near and Angels Of Mercy, as well as a Making Of Rulebreaker film. The artwork for the follow-up to 2014's Delivering The Black was created by Stephan Lohrmann.

Vocalist Ralf Scheepers says: "We have so much energy, fantastic melodies and a hell of a drum groove on each and every song. There is no doubt that the fans will love it as much as I do. And again we have achieved to combine bombastic and atmospheric orchestral sounds with soaring heavy metal riffs and licks, together with ear-splitting screams and also emotional sequences." Read more including the tracklist and see the cover art here.

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Singled Out: Legs Electric's Strange Addiction

Australian maximum rock n rollers Legs Electric's Ama Quinsee, Kylie Soanes and Laura McCormack tells us the story behind their brand new single "Strange Addiction". Here is the story:

Ama: Sniffing dirty diapers, eating cigarette ashes, marrying a doll, chewing on glass? There was a time where I was glued to the TV watching episode after episode of the US series "My Strange Addiction." I was fascinated by the thrill that people got through these personal fixations, and was compelled to write about the subject. I wanted to capture that rush; you can hear it in the lyrics "the urge rising, tangled thoughts are getting higher" and how disconnected addicts can become to the world in "awareness my stranger." I also referenced the secrecy of having a strange addiction that you're hiding from the world in "silent feeding my hunger." We all have our "strange addictions," some more strange than others - and I shall be keeping mine under my belt!

Kylie: Laura and I lived together at the time and we had just been to see ZZ Top play live and their driving sound heavily influenced us with this track. The opening riff that you hear is something we had been playing around with for a while; Laura had the guitar part and then I added the drumbeat. When we took the basic song idea to Ama she brought her lyrics titled Strange Addiction, inspired by watching the American TV series "My Strange Addiction." The song originally sounded a lot like ZZ-Top; or if you have seen the movie "Roadhouse" with Patrick Swayze - something that could have easily been in that movie. Maybe with a bit of guitarist Jeff Healey mixed in. The band took the song to (producer) Joel Quartermain and went through the pre-production process with him. He made a few adjustments to the song and brought in a few new ideas, some of which we incorporated into the song as we continued to work on it. I actually added that dance sounding part after Laura's solo, I thought it needed a pronounced bass drum and hi-hat along with a HUGE bass and guitar sound to bring it to the end chorus. When I play that I always feel like having a dance. It's one of my favourite songs to play live.

Laura: I came up with the riff for "Strange Addiction" after seeing ZZ Top play at the Perth Motorplex in 2011. At this time I was also listening to a lot of Jeff Healey and blended the two influences together to come up with the song. I really wanted to write a song that made people dance, just like how everyone in the crowd feels when they see ZZ Top play. At the time, I lived with Kylie and I took the riff to her to lay down some drums. We then took the basic music to Ama she had some lyrics that fit and we both came up with the chorus. The chorus was later tweaked a bit by producer Joel Quartermain during pre-production.

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 the group right here!

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