Day in Rock Report for 11/06/2015

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne Returns To Scene Of Urination Crime

(Radio.com) Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne reportedly returned to San Antonio and issue a public apology 33 years after he was arrested for infamously relieving himself on the Alamo. Radio.com has the following details:

On February 19, 1982, Ozzy offended everyone in the lone star state by urinating on the site, which now stands in downtown San Antonio. He was arrested and banned from performing in the city until he donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group who maintain the monument. Osbourne didn't make his donation until 1992.

The rocker returned to the scene of the infamous incident on November 5th with a History Channel film crew. According to a local San Antonio news site, Ozzy's official apology will be televised. Read more here.

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Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Awaits Cancer Treatment Results

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says in a new interview that he will have to wait until next month to discover if his latest treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma has been a success.

He's been battling the disease throughout the recording process of Def Leppard's self-titled 11th album. And he says he's hopeful of good news come December.

Campbell tells radio station 100.7 WZXL: "I'm taking this drug called pembrolizumab. I'm part of a phase two clinical trial. I don't actually know if it's working yet. I'll find out in early December.

"My doctors and I are going to sit down and have a look and see if it's holding the cancer at bay or shrinking the tumours. If it is, I'll be able to continue this treatment for a couple of years, which will be the best possible outcome. If not, then I've got to reconsider my options.

"But I'm hopeful. I started this treatment six months ago, and it's been fantastic because it meant I was able to continue working as opposed to doing a more traditional treatment which would have meant I would have had to miss the tour." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Robert Plant Reveals New Song With Alison Krauss

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has reunited with Alison Krauss for "The Light Of A Christmas Day", a new song featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming holiday film "Love The Coopers" and the pair have released an online video for the track.

The tune marks the first release by Plant and Krauss since their 2007 project, "Raising Sand", which picked up Album Of The Year honors at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Due in theaters November 13, "Love The Coopers" stars John Goodman, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Munn and more as four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration.

"The Light Of Christmas Day" will be featured on the film's companion soundtrack, which also includes songs by Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Sting and others. Check out the new song here.

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Dave Mustaine Almost Rerecorded Megadeth's Debut Album

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that he planned to re-record the band's debut album "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good" with their current lineup to mark its 30th anniversary.

A reissue is on the cards - but Mustaine reveals plans for a new version of the 1985 record were shelved as he, bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Chris Adler were too busy recording upcoming 15th record, Dystopia.

Speaking at a press conference in Russia, Mustaine says: "It's the 30th anniversary of it, so they wanted to remix it. I thought it would be better if we just completely re-recorded it with this new lineup because I think that would be really exciting. But we were in the process of making the new record."

Adler says he hopes they can play material from the album on their upcoming live dates, as he has a couple of favorites he's keen to perform. The drummer says: "We've been taking about that especially with the reissue coming out. It would be fun to do it. My songs are Skull Beneath The Skin and Looking Down The Cross." Read more and watch video of the conference here.

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Rolling Stones Announce Stadium Tour Of South America

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have announced they will be launching a stadium tour of South America early next, which will be the legendary band's first tour of the continent in a decade.

The 12-date América Latina Olé tour is scheduled to begin in Santiago, Chile at Estadio Nacional on February 3 and will include multiple shows in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

"We love playing Latin America, and are excited about going to some cities for the first time!," says Mick Jagger. "The audiences are among some of the best in the world, they bring incredible energy!."

"We had a great time performing in stadiums last summer in the US," adds Keith Richards, "and are excited to come to Latin America for the first time in 10 years. The fans are amazing." See the dates here.

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Killswitch Engage Singer Says Album Of His Career Coming In March

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach took to his Instagram account this week to share his excitement about the band's forthcoming studio album, which he says may be released in March of next year.

He writes, "Well, it looks like after this tour I'll be spending 12 days alone in the Uk and Europe in December doing a press tour for the new Killswitch Engage album! I am stoked for obvious reasons and then honestly overwhelmed.

"Doing a press tour can be pretty intense (and I've never done one on my own as Adam D. will be busy mixing our record). I will be doing full days of non-stop interviews and flying almost daily which can be exhausting, but getting a chance to see some of the world's most beautiful cities is pretty amazing (even if it's only brief glimpses). It is slowly starting to hit me that the record of my entire career is finished and soon to be revealed to the world (it's looking like a March release)!

"What a beautiful mix of anticipation, gratitude, vulnerability, joy and catharsis. I seriously cherish these days living inside a childhood dream and watching it become my reality daily. I have to remind myself that despite my struggles and trials my determination and circumstance have brought me to a place that far surpasses my hopes and desires.

"Counting my blessings and preparing for the journey ahead! So thankful and overwhelmed at the moment. You never know what possibilities await you as you rise to greet another day. Thankful, humbled and excited as the time approaches yet again for the unleashing of a collaborative effort of passion and expression. I hope and pray my words are received and resonate with those who hear them. I seek guidance and strength for the days ahead."

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The Cult Announce New Album 'Hidden City'

(Classic Rock) The Cult will release their 10th album entitled Hidden City on February 5. The new effort will be Ian Astbury and co's first studio release since 2012's Choice Of Weapon.

The Cult head out on a North American tour with Primal Scream next week where they'll be joined by new bassist Grant Fitzpatrick who made his debut with the band at a recent show in Texas.

Guitarist Billy Duffy says: "I had a great time getting back on the road after so much time this year in the studio. The first couple of days were in Austin starting off with The Cult show at Stubb's which was fun and the debut of new bass player Grant Fitzpatrick.

"I also got to play my new Signature Black Falcon for most of the set including the first time ever I've played Firewoman on a Gretsch." Read more including the track details, the upcoming tour dates and see the cover art here.

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Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Jam At NYC Club

(Radio.com) After the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" concerts this summer, some Dead fans may have questioned if bass player Phil Lesh would perform again with the other members of the "core four" - singer/guitarist Bob Weir, and drummers Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart.

The latter three are currently touring as the Dead and Company (accompanied by John Mayer, former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well keyboardist Jeff Chimenti).

In fact, this past Saturday night (Halloween night), as Dead and Co. played Madison Square Garden, Lesh played his own gig a little over an hour away at New York's Capitol Theatre.

But it seems that it's all good with the former bandmates: last night Phil Lesh joined jam band Midnight North on stage at a small NYC club called S.O.B.'s, and the collective was also joined by Bob Weir. They performed the Dead's "Mr. Charlie." Watch the video here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release Oli Sykes Directed 'True Friends' Video

(Radio.com) Bring Me The Horizon have released the music video for "True Friends". The stark cinematic clip, which was directed by frontman Oli Sykes, features a detective with a grisly secret to hide.

"I wouldn't hold my breath if I was you, Cause I'll forget but I'll never forgive you, Don't you know, don't you know, True friends stab you in the front?" sings Sykes but that's not exactly how the clip works out…

'True Friends" is track that comes from the British's rockers fifth studio album That's the Spirit which was released in September. Watch the new music video here.

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John Mellencamp Jams 'Pink Houses' With Keith Urban At CMAs

(hennemusic) John Mellencamp teamed up with Keith Urban for a performance of his 1983 hit, "Pink Houses", at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Wednesday and video of the performance has been posted online.

The tune from the Indiana rocker's "Uh-Huh" album was one of three US Top 10 hits from the project, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart while "Crumblin' Down" hit No. 9 and "Authority Song" peaked at No. 15.

Following the Mellencamp collaboration, Urban performed "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16", the lead single from his forthcoming album "Ripcord." Watch both performances here.

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Rush Release Live 'Tom Sawyer' Video From R40 Live

(hennemusic) Rush have released an online video featuring their performance of their 1981 classic, "Tom Sawyer", as a preview to the forthcoming "R40 Live" release, which will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album.

The lead single from the group's eighth album "Moving Pictures" reached No. 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the project became the band's second US Top 5 record when it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Due November 20, "R40 Live" presents Rush live in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June. The shows at the Air Canada Centre marked the first time the group have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years.

Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40." "Tom Sawyer" is the fifth track previewed from the package, following "Roll The Bones", "Jacob's Ladder", "Closer To The Heart" and "The Spirit Of Radio." Watch the video here.

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Bruce Springsteen Streaming Unreleased Live Version Of Ramrod

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has released an online stream of an unreleased live version of "Ramrod" as a preview of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection."

The 1980 performance at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ is considered legendary in Springsteen circles as the New Jersey rocker and his band were on the road in support of their first double album, "The River."

Due December 4, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the live show alongside the 1980 album and its scrapped 1979 draft "The Ties That Bind", plus 22 outtakes from the studio sessions and an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen.

"The River" delivered Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Stream the song here.

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Faith No More Revisiting 'We Care A Lot' For 30th Anniversary

(Classic Rock) Faith No More will release a 30th anniversary edition of their debut album We Care A Lot next year. Bassist Billy Gould confirmed the news to Faith No More Followers and it'll be packaged with bonus tracks and previously unseen photographs.

Reflecting on the album which featured frontman Chuck Mosley, Gould says: "There are probably things we could have done better, but at the same time I think that the performances were pretty damned good.

"And that had to do with us keeping focused and needing to work within budget restrictions. We rehearsed quite a lot before we went in to record, so we were ready."

The band still play As The Worm Turns from the 1985 release - and Gould says they enjoy performing the track as it has a timeless quality. He says: "It just has a natural flow and it doesn't seem to age the way some of the other songs have when it comes to playing them live." Read more and check out a video here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Announce Intimate London Show

(Classic Rock) Jeff Lynne's ELO have announced an intimate show at London's Porchester Hall next week on November 9. Lynne will also play a show for BBC Radio 2 in London on November 12.

Lynne reactivated Electric Light Orchestra for a festival set at London's Hyde Park last year, and last month revealed he was planning a run of shows early next year.

They'll release Alone In The Universe on November 13 and Lynne will perform tracks from the record at the London show, along with a selection of ELO classics. Read more including ticket information here.

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Kurt Cobain's 'Been A Son' Solo Acoustic Demo Streaming Online

(hennemusic) A solo acoustic demo recording of "Been A Son" by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is streaming online as the latest preview to the November 13 release of "Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings."

The raw demo from a series of four-track recordings Cobain made in 1988 precedes the song's release on the band's 1989 EP "Blew" and its inclusion on the 1992 compilation "Insecticide."

The home recordings form the companion soundtrack to Brett Morgen's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", with both projects due the same day.

Named after a musical collage Cobain created with a 4-track cassette recorder in 1988, "Montage Of Heck" will be released in both deluxe and standard formats: a 31 track deluxe album available on CD, cassette, 2LP vinyl, and a 13 track standard edition CD. Stream the song here.

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Steven Wilson Announces Release Of 'Interim' Album

(Prog) Steven Wilson will launch an "interim" album called 4 1/2 on January 22, he's revealed. The six-track title is designed to bridge the gap between this year's Hand. Cannot. Erase. and his next full-length release.

It includes four songs written during sessions for his fourth record, and one from previous outing The Raven That Refused To Sing. It also features a reworking of 1998 Porcupine Tree track Don't Hate Me, based on a live recording with studio additions, performed as a vocal duet between Wilson and Ninet Tayeb.

4 1/2 features contributions from Adam Holzman, Nick Beggs, Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Craig Blundell, Marco Minnemann, Chad Wackerman and Theo Travis. Read more here.

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Bonnie Raitt Announces Dig In Deep Tour

(The Blues) Bonnie Raitt has confirmed a four-month run of tour dates in support of upcoming album Dig In Deep. She'll play shows in North America, mainland Europe and the UK in the spring of 2016, following the launch of the record on February 26.

She's joined on the road by the band who recorded Dig In Deep with her - established members George Marinalli, James Hutchinson and Ricky Fataar, plus recently-added keyboardist Mike Finnigan.

Raitt says: "So much of the album is focused on what I want to do live. I write and pick these songs so we can nail them on stage." Check out the dates for the tour here.

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Symphonic Supergroup Phantasma Streaming Debut Album Online

(TeamRock Radio) Symphonic supergroup Phantasma have released an online audio stream showcasing all 12 tracks from their forthcoming debut album The Deviant Hearts ahead of its release later this month.

The band is fronted by Delain singer Charlotte Wessels and also features Serenity's Georg Neuhauser and Everon's Oliver Philipps. The album is set for release on November 20 via Napalm Records and is based on Wessels' novella of the same name.

Philipps says: "I believe songwriting is a very simple task in general. As long as you're free to just follow your inspiration, it all comes automatically, in a way to my perception songs kind of write themselves.

"For a project like this album, where there is no pressure and no expectations at all, songwriting should be a very simple and joyful process, because you just go with the flow and make the music that comes naturally." Check out the album stream here.

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Deen Castronovo Says Domestic Violence Is A Choice

(Classic Rock) Former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo says he can't blame drugs for the domestic violence that put him in jail, lost him his relationship, and got him fired from Journey.

Last month he was sentenced to four years' probation for an assault on his fiancee in July that took place after a 24-day methamphetamine binge. This week he revealed the band had dismissed him while he was in rehab - but he insisted they did it out of love and not spite. He also said his ex-fiancee had saved his life by calling the police on him.

Now Castronovo tells the Statesman Journal: "I was a verbally abusive man. I was a physically abusive man. I abused her. It was wrong. I'm taking responsibility.

"I've realized that domestic violence is really a choice, and it is calculated. The drugs and alcohol exacerbated it immensely - but there's no excuse for what I did. I deal with it every day. It does come into my head every day, and it's deeper than regret or remorse."

He reflects: "You don't want to be 51 and in your fifth stint of treatment, and you've lost everything. The only time I felt self-worth was playing the drums. I used to live for cars, touring, the big houses. Meaningless crap - I'm happier now." Read more here.

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Walter Trout Becomes Patron Of British Liver Trust

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has become a patron of the British Liver Trust, and intends to raise awareness of the "silent killer" that nearly ended his own life. He received a liver transplant last year after coming close to death, and wants to help avoid others facing the same experience.

It's the third most common cause of premature death in the UK, and over 12 million people are thought to be at risk. Trout says: "The disease progressively drained me of my life force until I was on the verge of death. A transplant allowed me to survive and thrive once again.

"I'm happy to work with the British Liver Trust to promote awareness about the silent killer among us. New treatments are emerging at the moment - to help raise awareness, and empower people to seek treatment, is something I feel privileged to do." Read more here.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Not Rushing New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Corrosion Of Conformity say they won't rush their next record as they "can't toss any f***ing horsesh*t out there." The band recently signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for what will be their 10th album - and first with returned frontman Pepper Keenan since 2005's In The Arms Of God.

And while they've started writing new material, they insist they'll take their time. Guitarist Woody Weatherman tells The Jimmy Cabbs 5150: "We can't toss any f***ing horsesh*t out there. It's gotta be the real sh*t. There's a couple of licks lingering around. We've been working on a few ideas and whatnot. There's a riff or two in our heads right now. We know what we're getting ready to do."

Keenan adds that his return to live action with the band has only whetted his appetite for a studio return where he hopes to recreate the magic COC had at the height of their powers.

He says: "We just signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast, so we're using all these opportunities just to gel and play, and we keep getting wonderful opportunities to do it, and it's been fantastic.

"So now we're gonna put our dick back on the chopping block and create a new record that's gonna be up to the standards of that era stuff. And I don't take it lightly. It's gonna be a lot of work." Stream the full interview here.

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Sites and Sounds: Def Leppard and Monsters of Rock Cruises

(Kevin Wierzbicki) Music cruises have become a really big deal over the last few years and that burgeoning popularity means that there is now a musical high seas adventure awaiting fans of virtually every type of music. Leading music cruise producer On the Blue has two opportunities coming up early next year for fans who want to do some straight-up rockin' on the water: The inaugural Def Leppard "Hysteria on the High Seas" cruise and the ever-exciting sailing of the Monsters of Rock cruise. Here's the scoop on both!

Def Leppard's "Hysteria on the High Seas"
Jan. 21-25 aboard the MSC Divina
Sailing from Miami to the Bahamas

Def Leppard fans will love this immersion that'll feature a full concert, a Def Leppard "Storytellers" performance and Q&A, and host Eddie Trunk's presentation of "Def Leppard: Behind the Music." There'll be a display of drummer Rick Allen's artwork, fans will be able to get their picture taken with the band and there'll be a chance to try the new Def Leppard craft beer. Additionally, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell will perform with all-star group Last in Line, a Dio tribute band that'll include Dio founding members Vinnie Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell along with singer Andrew Freeman. Other acts performing include Kix, Frank Hannon (Tesla), Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Kip Winger (Winger), Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big) and Eric Martin (Mr. Big). Co-hosting with Trunk will be Luc Carl. Most artists will also participate in meet-and-greets, Q&A sessions and jam sessions.

For more info and to book a cabin go to www.defleppardcruise.com

Monsters of Rock Cruise: "Shredders from the Deep"
Feb. 22-26 aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl
Sailing from Miami to the Bahamas

Okay, this is going to be an insane amount of fun! Headlining will be Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Helloween and Y&T. But that's just the beginning! Also on board will be Lynch Mob, Vixen, Doro, Gotthard, Dangerous Toys, Michael Monroe, Kingdom Come, Metal Church, Saigon Kick, Armored Saint, XYZ, Killer Dwarfs, Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Hardcore Superstar, Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Helix, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Jeff Scott Soto, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Madam X, Tyketto, Anvil, Vinnie Moore, Hellion, Dio Disciples, Michael Angelo Batio, Lillian Axe and more! And yes there will be meet-and-greets, jam sessions, guitar clinics and even Monster Gong Show Karaoke.

For a complete rundown of performers and activities or to book a cabin go to www.monstersofrockcruise.com

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Singled Out: Damn Vandals's I Hate School

Acclaimed UK rockers Damn Vandals release their brand new single "I Hate School" today (November 6th) and to celebrate we asked frontman Jack Kansas to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Damn Vandals' hit single 'I Hate School' was co-written with our long-term collaborator Sam Francisco - he was six at the time said track was penned and has since acquired his new name in an attempt to hide his true identity from the educational institution he begrudgingly attends.

The title of the song came to SF during a particularly violent early morning outburst which resulted in a Despicable Me metal lunch box being flung at full force towards a single pane glass window. The sound of the smashed glass was promptly followed by the primal scream of 'I Hate School' - each word lasting at least 3 seconds, spitting and tearing through the air at ear-melting volume.

After that, the song kind of wrote itself around a riff Frank had been playing around with for some time. The rest of the lyrics are based on the testimony of another DV friend who hated his school so much he actually burnt it to the ground. All in all a bit of harmless fun really …..

In the studio, the only aim was that every guitar note, drum beat and syllable should reflect Sam Francisco's sheer animal rage - his total despair at the fact that an absurd amount of a human being's most joyful and innocent years should be spent indoors at a desk learning f-ing spellings.
It's all true I tell you! Love Jack and the DVs xxxx

"I Hate School" along with the B-side, 'Whisky Going Free' are taken from their new album 'Rocket Out Of London'. Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band right here!

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