Day in Rock Report for 11/14/2015

Eagles Of Death Metal Members 'Safe' Following Terrorist Attack

The Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes' brother David Ian Hughes posted a message on social media saying that the band members are "ok" following the terrorist attack at their concert in Paris on Friday night (November 13th).

David wrote the following post on Facebook on Friday night, "Jesse Hughes is ok. I spoke to him about an hour ago. The band is ok too. I hold out hope that as many people as possible make it out ok, as well. As the situation is still developing, I can not say much else."

The Associated Press also reports that a U.S. official briefed by the Justice Department said on Friday night that all the members of the band were safe and had been accounted for.

Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach's side band the Arcs also informed fans via social media that they are safe. They posted the following on Twitter, "We are safe and in our bus on the highway headed to the border. Thanks to all for the messages of concern." Followed by, "Our thoughts are with our brothers and sisters at the Bataclan and to everyone in Paris [heart icon]"

The Deftones, who were scheduled to perform at the venue tonight, reassured fans about their safety with the following Facebook post, "Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events."

Fox News that French police officials told their sister network Sky News that at least 100 people were killed at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris by the terrorist during the Eagles Of Death Metal concert on Friday night. CNN reported in their evolving coverage that at least 112 people were killed at the venue. The CNN number was attributed to the French Interior Ministry in an earlier report, but the attribution was removed during a subsequent update.

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Foo Fighters Cancel Tour Due To Paris Terrorist Attacks

The Foo Fighters announced on Saturday morning that they have canceled the remaining dates of their European tour following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (November 14th).

The band had four dates left on the tour including Saturday night in Turin, (Italy) Monday in Paris, Tuesday in Lyon (France) and the final show on Thursday in Barcelona.

The group released the following message about their decision, "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour.

"In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one."

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U2 Cancel Paris Concert and HBO Broadcast In Wake Of Terrorist Attacks

U2 have canceled their planned concert tonight (November 14th) in Paris, which was to be broadcasted live on HBO, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the French city on Friday night.

The band released the following statement on their website, "As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned.

"U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.

The members of the band had to the following to say from Paris on Friday night, "We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.

"We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe".

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Motorhead's Lemmy Devastated By Phil Taylor's Death

(Classic Rock) Lemmy Kilmister has led the tributes to former Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor who died this week at the age of 61. The frontman tells Classic Rock he's "devastated" to have lost one of his best friends as he also remembered former Motorhead guitarist Michael 'Wurzel' Burston, who died in 2011.

Lemmy says: "I'm feeling very sad at the moment, in fact devastated because one of my best friends died yesterday. I miss him already. His name was Phil Taylor, or Philthy Animal, and he was our drummer twice in our career."

He added, "We're still going, we're still going strong, it's just first Wurzel and now Filthy, it's a shame man. I think this rock'n'roll business might be bad for the human life." Read more here.

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The Cure Announce North American Tour

(Gibson) The Cure have announced a full North American tour, beginning with several dates in L.A., Chicago, and New York. Now, they've detailed the itinerary for the full run.

A statement on the band's website reads, '"The Cure Tour 2016' will present Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O'Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar) as they explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favorites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production that promises to be the 'must see' show of the year!'

For fans of avant guitar, former David Bowie sidekick Gabrels will be always be an interesting addition. Details for several venues for the trek are still to be announced but the band has revealed the full routing and dates. See them here.

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District 97 Part Ways With Two Members

(Prog) District 97 have split with bassist Patrick Mulcahy and keyboard player Rob Clearfield. The band say the shake-up is amicable and all parties involved remain on good terms.

They've moved swiftly to recruit Tim Seisser and Andrew Lawrence in their place and drummer Jonathan Schang has given an insight into the struggles he's encountered trying to keep the group together.

He says: "The band really has to be done in everybody's spare time because we have to make our money doing other things. The infrastructure that used support this sort of Endeavour just isn't there any more.

"Record sales are a fraction of what they used to be. Money is often a motivating factor to keep people together and keep everybody on the same page." Read more here.

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'Fast Eddie' Hoh Dead At 71, Worked With Monkees, Donovan, More

(Classic Rock) Session drummer Edward 'Fast Eddie' Hoh has died aged 71. He passed away this week in Illinois, with the news confirmed on the Knollcrest Funeral Home's website.

Born in Chicago in 1944, Hoh rose to prominence in the mid-60s when he hooked up with the Modern Folk Quartet before going on to appear on Donovan's Sunshine Superman album in 1966.

He became a sough-after session musician and enjoyed touring stints with The Mamas And The Papas which saw him appear with them on the bill at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Hoh also established himself as the Monkees second studio sticksman behind Hal Blaine, and also played on the Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills' Super Session album in 1968. Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Unplugs For 'Dancing in the Dark' Performance

(Radio.com) Whether or not Bruce Springsteen is in the middle of a touring cycle, every fall he makes the time to perform at Bob Woodruff's annual Stand Up For Heroes fundraiser at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Springsteen always does a solo acoustic set, and, keeping with the theme of the night, also tells a few jokes (most of the bill is comedians; last week, Jon Stewart, John Oliver and Seth Meyers also performed).

Springsteen's four song set, according to Billboard, included 'For You," 'Darlington County," 'Working on the Highway," and 'Dancing in the Dark."

Springsteen also hinted at another E Street Band tour during the auction that followed the concert, as one of the big items was a Fender Stratocaster guitar autographed by Springsteen (an odd choice, as he's publicly pointed out that he plays Fender Telecasters and not Stratocasters), tickets to an E Street Band concert with a full backstage guided tour and a 'slop fest" meal with the band. (The winner, however, was told that they need to 'bring your own drugs." ) So it seems like another E Street Band tour is at least on the man's mind. Although last night, it was all about paying tribute to the Veterans.

Watch his performance of "Dancing In The Dark" here.

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Cage The Elephant Preview New Album 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'

(Radio.com) Cage The Elephant have released a trailer for their upcoming album titled Tell Me I'm Pretty. The video shows the band recording their new album with producer Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

Billboard premiered the video earlier this week, which contains footage from the recording sessions at Nashville's Easy Eye Sound studio. In the clip, frontman Matt Schultz explains "A lot of the songs on the record were (recorded in) one take." He adds, "That was the one of the great things about working Dan, as a producer he's really good at keeping you from overthinking things."

The singer also states that Auerbach has "an incredible knowledge of all sorts of obscure music" that the band never heard. The producer's influence is apparent on the band's new single "Mess Around." Shultz concludes, "Dan has this musicality that's incredible and he knows all these textural things, so it was really great for these two worlds to meet." Read more and watch the video here.

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Paramore Celebrating Debut Album Anniversary With Special Reissue

(TeamRock Radio) Paramore will next month reissue their debut album on vinyl in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The special edition of All We Know Is Falling is issued on December 4 via Fueled By Ramen. Originally released in July 2005, the record spawned the singles Pressure, Emergency and All We Know.

It comes on coloured splatter-effect vinyl and only 4000 copies have been pressed. Included along with the original 10 tracks are O Star and This Circle from 2006's The Summer Tic EP.

Paramore's second Parahoy cruise sets sail from Miami on March 5 next year and includes New Found Glory, Mewithoutyou, Vacationer, Lights, X Ambassadors and Chvrches. Read more here.

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Alice Cooper and Rick Wakeman Lead Stone Free Festival Lineup

(Classic Rock) Alice Cooper and Rick Wakeman will headline a new indoor festival next year. Stone Free will take place at London's O2 venue on June 18 and 19, and will also feature Marillion, Blackberry Smoke and Steve Hackett.

"Coming to the UK is always like coming home for us. Fans in the UK are always high energy, always there," says Cooper. "Headlining the very first Stone Free Festival at London's The O2 in June next year is an example of why we feel so welcome. It will be my only performance in the UK next year, so that makes it even more special. And, as always with my show, you can expect the unexpected!"

"After the success of the Journey To The Centre Of The Earth shows last year, I'm over the moon to have the opportunity to perform King Arthur for the first time since 1975 with an orchestra and choir," adds Wakeman. "It's going to be wonderful!" Read more here.

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Reef Announce March Tour Of The UK

(Classic Rock) Reef have announced a 14-date UK tour. The run of shows is set to kick off at London's Electric Ballroom on March 3 and wrap up in Deal on the 27th of the month.

The band say: "The reaction to our tour announcement has been fantastic - thank you. Can't wait for March next year." Reef have spent much of 2015 working on their fifth album - the follow-up to 2003's Together.

And frontman Gary Stringer said earlier this year they were aiming to make a " wicked rock record." He added: "You're going to press play, you just got to be smiling from ear to ear and happy with what we're doing. We just want to make sure every song is killer." See the tour dates here.

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Graham Parker Has Grown Past Youthful Anger

(Classic Rock) Graham Parker says getting older has brought an added "sweetness" to his songwriting. Parker and his band The Rumour released latest album Mystery Glue earlier this year and the mainman accepts he's moved on from the "angry young man" of his youth.

He tells Examiner.com: "In the early days, because of my intensity, there probably was an element of anger infused in the music. Most people who knew me personally probably thought I was a nice guy.

"I think if there was any anger in my performance, it was just a vehicle because I wanted to stand out. These days I don't feel the need to express my anger as much.

"I suppose when I was 25, I really thought that my career would surely be over by the age of 30. 'How could one possibly keep doing this beyond that?' That was pretty much just a young man's attitude, but now I'm thinking more about the final stretch. You don't really want to think about it, but a certain sweetness creeps into the music that wasn't there before." Read more here.

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Korn Fan Proposes Marriage In Front Of Band Members

(TeamRock Radio) A Korn fan popped the question in front of his heroes - who burst into applause when she said, "Yes." Derek Dodson proposed to Jamie Jones at a meet-and-greet with the band following their show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia, last month. The couple, both 36 and from Columbus, have been Korn fans for years.

They met in a grocery store when Jamie spotted Derek's Korn t-shirt and they got chatting. Derek tells TeamRock: "Jamie and I have been together for two years. We both have loved Korn since high school and followed them with every new album release since. I've seen them in concert five times but Jamie has never seen them so I wanted to make it really special when she did.

"When I bought this meet-and-greet this past July, I knew I wanted to propose to Jamie in front of them then. My original plan was to do it on stage but realized it would be best during the meet and greet. I tracked down the guy who was in charge of the VIPs and found him on Facebook." Read more and video here.

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Headspace Announce Sophomore Album All That You Fear Is Gone

(Prog) Headspace have confirmed that they'll release their second album on February 26, 2016. All That You Fear Is Gone sees Threshold frontman Damian Wilson and Ozzy Osbourne keyboardist Adam Wakeman reunite for the follow-up to 2012's I Am Anonymous.

The pair are joined by guitarist Pete Rinaldi and bassist Lee Pomeroy, who's known for his work with artists including It Bites, Rick Wakeman and Steve Hackett. New drummer Adam Falkner has also been confirmed in the lineup.

Wilson says: "The conforming individual represented in the first album that breaks away, is reflected in All That You Fear Is Gone. Free thinking, fighting against natural grouping, what appears as destructive rebellion is in fact evolution. Written to make the listener think, whilst capturing the ear with complexity and simplicity combined." Read more here.

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Lonely Robot Bringing Out Special Guests At London Show

(Prog) Lonely Robot have announced a lineup of special guests for their December 20 show at London's Scala. Mainman John Mitchell has confirmed that Peter Cox, Heather Findlay, Kim Seviour and Jem Godfrey will join him onstage for an encore of material from his other project, Frost*.

All four artists appeared on Lonely Robot's debut album Please Come Home, which was released earlier this year. Mitchell had the following to say:

"The reaction to the album has been overwhelming, and I can't wait to present these songs in a live setting with a full band. Expect some brand new material, which will be on a new album coming early next year, plus maybe a few special guests." Read more here.

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