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Day in Rock Report for 11/19/2015



Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Returning To Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee says he has fully recovered from a tendonitis injury that sidelined him for five shows on the band's farewell tour last month and that he will rejoin the group when they resume live shows in Helsinki, Finland on November 18.

"I'm back to 100 per cent," Lee tells The National. "I bruised a bone in my wrist, but after a serious double dose of cortisone that helped with the inflammation, and with the help of this little wrist machine to exercise it, I'm back to normal."

"I'm always getting injuries like bruised and bloody knuckles from catching a cymbal or the edge of a drum," he adds. "Drumming's pretty physical. We sit at the back of the stage getting beat up like a workhorse.

"Anytime you do something repetitive over a sustained period - and this tour's already been a year and a half - your body just says 'I'm hurt. I can't do this.' But I'm all good now. They got me back into shape."

Lee was first diagnosed with the injury to his left wrist in Buffalo, NY on October 14 and was pulled from the show on doctor's orders. Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Concert Canceled Due To Terrorist Attacks

Lamb Of God and Children Of Bodom's concert that was scheduled to take place tonight (November 19th in Tilburg, Netherlands has been canceled due to security concerns following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The promoter of the Lamb Of God concert released a statement explaining the show was canceled because of the terrorist attack at the Eagles Of Death Metal show in Paris last Friday, November 13th and a terrorist threat in Germany this week.

Here is what the promoter had to say, "Because of the attacks on Paris last Friday that also took place in a music venue, a lot of stress is caused for bands playing in Europe.

"Combined with the terrorist threat that took place in Hannover, Germany last night, the bands are feeling to big a pressure to give the performance the audience is used from them and have decided to cancel their shows tonight. As of now, it is unknown if the bands will return for a replacement show later on."

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Says Last Tour Didn't Feel Like Their Last

(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says their recent North American run of shows wasn't long enough and didn't feel like a true finish to their live career. He, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart hit the road throughout the summer in what's thought to be the band's last large-scale tour.

And Lifeson says although he went into the 35-date trek thinking it would indeed be their last, he's now not so sure. He tells Prog: "I don't know if I do still feel that way now. I thought the tour was great. I thought we played really well, the turnout was fantastic, I thought the set was great, the songs we chose were right.

"There was so much about it that was so positive and I think going into it there was the thought that this is the last one - a nice way to go out on top. But once we were in the middle of it or even towards the end of it, it seemed like it was just too short."

He continues: "I just wish we'd been able to do another 20 shows or so and it's too bad that we're going to miss the UK particularly. It just feels a little shy of a true finish, a complete resolution. But if that's the way it is, then we'll adjust to it." Read more here.

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Michael Schenker Group Singer Killed In Traffic Accident

(Classic Rock) Former Michael Schenker Group frontman David VanLanding has died in a traffic accident, it's been announced. The news of his death was confirmed by his family, while Schenker gave further details on the cause of his passing.

A family statement reads: "The immediate family of Dave VanLanding asks for your understanding and respect as we deal with the loss of David. The family will make an announcement once more details are known and arrangements are made. He was a great friend and touched so many millions of lives through his music and his kindness."

VanLanding joined Mannekin in the 80s and following their split in 1990, went out on the road with Tony MacAlpine on his Eyes Of The World tour. The singer took up vocal coaching before hooking up with Crimson Glory for live dates in 1993. He went on to form Erotic Liquid Culture before auditioning for the Michael Schenker Group in the mid-90s.

He did three tours with MSG and appeared on 1997 double album The Michael Schenker Story Live, recorded on the band's tour of Japan the same year. Read Schenker's statement here.

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Fleetwood Mac Are Too Old To Rock Says Grace Slick

(Classic Rock) Former Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick says Fleetwood Mac are too old to rock'n'roll - but she has no problem with the Rolling Stones continuing.

And she's taken a pot-shot at her own later career, saying she should have left Starship a decade before she finally did. She retired in 1989, aged 50, and she's frequently argued that musicians who choose to perform rock and rap should bow out at a similar age.

Now Slick tells WENN: "There's something about old people singing rock'n'roll lyrics that bothers me - it just doesn't match. I saw a film of Fleetwood Mac doing something, and I was okay as long as I didn't look at them. I couldn't look at them. They sounded great, and if I looked away and imagined young people singing I was okay with it."

She continues: "The only so-called old people I've seen that I thought 'that still works' is the Rolling Stones. They did a thing that was filmed in a park in Great Britain, and the way they acted, the way they sang, the musicianship, just worked really well." She goes on to slam her former band Starship, read that here.

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Bruce Springsteen Tour Speculation Heating Up

(Radio.com) Earlier this week Bruce Springsteen revealed that he'll be returning to Saturday Night Live for the third time in three decades to perform as musical guest next month.

With his box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, being released a few weeks before he hits SNL, it's a safe bet that that's what he'll be promoting.

But fans are now speculating that Springsteen may be using the SNL appearance not just to support the box set, but to announce or support an upcoming tour.

Stan Goldstein, author of the Bruce Blog on NJ.com says he's hearing that live performances may not be too far off. "Look for Bruce to announce dates for a two- to three-month E Street Band tour that will start sometime in December," Goldstein tells Wicked Local.

It's also worth mentioning that at last week's Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York, one of the prizes that was auctioned was tickets to an E Street Band concert, and a pre-show dinner with the E Street Band.

In the meantime, you can check out what the E Street Band used to look like, in a video from the upcoming box set here.

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Mogwai Part Ways With John Cummings

(Prog) Guitarist John Cummings has left Mogwai, the band have confirmed. He joined Stuart Braithwaite and co in 1995 and appeared on their 1997 debut album Young Team and went on to appear on the band's subsequent releases, including last year's six-track EP Music Industry 3. Fitness industry 1.

The band had the following to say in a statement about his departure "We are sad to announce that John Cummings has decided to leave Mogwai to pursue his own musical projects.

"We will continue as a four piece of Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns and shall be joined on our upcoming live shows by Scott Paterson and Luke Sutherland." Read more here.

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Puscifer Release 'The Remedy' Video

(Prog) Puscifer have released a video for their track The Remedy. It features on Maynard James Keenan and co's third studio album entitled Money Shot, released last month via their own label Puscifer Entertainment.

Last month, Tool and A Perfect Circle's Keenan told Metal Hammer how the music industry's decline made it harder for Puscifer to make a name for themselves.

He said: "From the time we started recording our first album until we released it, the industry disappeared. So Puscifer, as an independent band, we've fought an uphill battle to develop an identity. Because there's no longer that machine to plop us in front of you to say 'this is a thing.'

"You don't see it because there's no longer that beaten-path formula. We're not in Billboard, so we don't exist. We don't exist to most people because we don't appear in those boring, archaic spaces." Watch the video here.

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Keith Richards Releases 'Love Is Overdue' Video

(hennemusic) Keith Richards has released a video for his cover of the Gregory Isaacs classic "Love Is Overdue." Isaacs scored his first Jamaican number one single with the tune in 1974.

Renamed "Love Overdue" by the Rolling Stones guitarist, it's the latest single from his solo album "Crosseyed Heart." Richards' first solo album in more than 20 years sees him reteam with drummer Steve Jordan and guitarist Waddy Wachtel for the project and joined by Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Ivan Neville, singer Sarah Dash and other guests.

Richards and The Rolling Stones may regroup next month to begin writing and recording sessions for a new album ahead of January rehearsals for their first South American tour in a decade.

The 12-date América Latina Olé tour will begin in Santiago, Chile on February 3 and include multiple shows in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Watch the new video here.

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David Bowie Release 'Blackstar' Details In Teaser Video

(Radio.com) David Bowie has released the art work for his upcoming album Blackstar. A 15 second psychedelic black and white video clip was unveiled on Wednesday (Nov. 18) on Bowie's Facebook page. At the end of the short video, the artwork is revealed as well as the effort's release date January 8, 2016.

Bowie's new single can be heard on the clip as well. The track which goes by the symbol '★" and is pronounced 'Blackstar," will be released tomorrow (Nov. 19) along with a short film directed by Johan Renck. A video for the song will also premiere tomorrow around the globe at 3:50pm ET with a U.S. broadcast premiere on Palladia.

Blackstar will be released on January 8, 2016, which marks Bowie's 69th birthday and the three year anniversary of his last album, 2013's The Next Day. Watch the video here.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce New Album 'Let Me Get By'

(The Blues) Tedeschi Trucks Band will release third album Let Me Get By in January, they've confirmed. Let Me Get By is released on January 29 via Fantasy/Concord.

It's guitarist Derek Trucks' first work since his 15-year career with the Allman Brothers Band ended last year, and it's the first time he and wife Susan Tedeschi have written every track for a release.

Trucks says: "What I hear in the music is this feeling that we're now putting 100% of what we have into this band - not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all." More details here.

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Marillion Announce Unconventional Documentary

(Classic Rock) Marillion will release a documentary entitled Unconventional early next month. It'll feature live action, in-depth interviews and show behind-the-scenes footage as the band prepared for the trio of performances.

It was filmed in the lead up to their 2015 Marillion Weekend at Port Zelande, the Netherlands, in March where they played three sets and performed 2001 album Anoraknophobia and 2004's Marbles in their entirety.

The band say: "This is not just a backstage view, it's also an exploration of how Marillion has endured and prospered in an increasingly challenging industry, how the band feel about their music, their reinvention of the music business, their lives, and of the unique relationship that Marillion has with its fans."

The DVD, Blu-ray is available for pre-order and is expected to be released in early December. Watch the trailer and read more here.

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Pop Evil Release 'Ways To Get High' Video

(Classic Rock) Pop Evil have released a video for their song Ways To Get High, a track their fifth album entitled Up, which was launched earlier this year via eOne Music. It's the follow-up to 2013's Onyx.

The US outfit previously released the tracks Footsteps and In Disarray from their latest studio work. Frontman Leigh Kakaty said of the album: "We want to do our part to remind people that rock and roll is alive and well. It's OK to be you, to be yourself. We don't have to do what everyone expects us to do, we're not going to put out singles and albums that people expect us to do."

"We're going to write music that we feel we can bring on stage and make the most of it, and hopefully give our fans the best live experience they can have."

Pop Evil will head back out on the road this month on a North American tour. Watch the new video here.

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Announce Comeback Album

(The Blues) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will release their first album in eight years on April 8, they've confirmed. The new album, "Call It What It Is," is the follow-up to 2007's Grammy-nominated Lifeline

Call It What It Is is described as "an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from one of popular music's most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles."

Recording sessions came after a successful reunion tour earlier this year. The outfit will embark on another extensive run of shows in New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada ahead of its release.

Harper recently said: "Making music again with the Innocent Criminals has been a priority for a while now. I was time." Check out a promo video here.

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DevilDriver Announce New Album 'Trust No One'

(TeamRock Radio) DevilDriver will return with seventh album Trust No One on May 13, they've announced. It follows 2013's Winter Kills and it's their first with guitarist Neal Tiemann and drummer Austin D'Amond, after the departures of Jeff Kendrick and John Boecklin last year.

The band had been on hiatus while mainman Dez Fafara worked with Coal Chamber on their reunion release, Rivals. Fafara says: "Trust No One is filled with killer riffs, groove after groove and massive hooks.

"It's rightly named - there will be explanation needed regarding what the title means. The lyrics are volatire and straight to the point. See you next year on tour." Read more here.

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The Used Announce 15th Anniversary Tour

(TeamRock Radio) The Used have announced details of a 15th anniversary tour in 2016. They plan on playing two shows in every city they visit and will perform their 2002 self-titled debut on the first night, then 2004's In Love And Death on the following date.

The run of 46 shows starts at the O2 Academy, Leeds, on February 20, and wraps up at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, on May 28. The band say: "What better way to celebrate than to bring you two nights of music in 23 cities across the US, UK and Europe. Come help us relive these moments together."

Tickets go on general sale on Friday (November 20) at 10am local time via the band's website. Each online purchase will come with a download of their album Live And Acoustic At The Palace, featuring a four-piece string section and gospel choir. The album won't be available anywhere else until April 1, 2016. See the dates here.

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Anvil Announce New Album 'Anvil Is Anvil'

(Classic Rock) Anvil will release their 16th album Anvil Is Anvil on February 26. The follow-up to 2013's Hope In Hell will be issued via SPV/Steamhammer and comes on the back of the band's successful PledgeMusic campaign.

It was the first time guitarist and vocalist Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and bassist Chris Robertson used crowdfunding. But they said earlier this year the time was right to explore an alternative way to raise cash.

They said: "After years of having record labels being in between the band and our fans, we're finally at a point in our history to directly connect. Considering that almost anyone aware of Anvil knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we're hoping you would be honored to help and prove us right in our belief in you." Read more here.

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Simon Godfrey Announces 1st Release In Digital Archive EP Series

(Prog) Simon Godfrey is gearing up to release a series of digital archive EPs, made up of material written over the past 20 years. The first installment, Black Bag Archive (Volume 1), is to be launched on November 30, containing six previously unreleased tracks.

Godfrey says: "Into Idle Fury was going to be the lead cut from the fourth Tinyfish album that never was. 2nd Bravest In The Queue was put together in California a couple of weeks back. Ghost Train is an outtake from The Big Red Spark sessions. Weak Machine (Original Demo) was recorded literally inside a closet in Lambeth.

"Papaya Whip was recorded in two sessions almost five years apart - I must have been listening to Brian Eno by the sound of it. Wear My Name is probably one of the bleakest lyrics I've ever written."

He adds: "If all goes according to plan, there will be a free bonus track too, featuring yours truly and a progtastic guest." He's released a short video trailer to introduce the Black Bag Archive concept. Watch it here.

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We Are Scientists and 65daysofstatic Lead Handmade Festival Lineup

(Prog) We Are Scientists and 65daysofstatic will headline next year's Handmade Festival in Leicester, England. More bands will be named soon for the weekend event that takes place at the city's O2 Academy from April 29 to May 1.

The independent festival was created by Maybeshewill guitarist John Helps, and with the help of other artists it's grown to become a multi-arts experience, featuring music, comedy, film, photography and more.

Helps says: "Handmade is a DIY festival, created and curated with a real love and attention to detail. It has to beg, borrow and steal in order to exist - but consequently it's been easy for the whole city's creative community to get behind and drive it forward together." Read more here.

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Threshold Looks Back On Headbangers Ball Disappointment

(Prog) Richard West has taken fans on a journey through Threshold's back catalogue as they celebrate the release of live album European Journey. The double live package was released last week via Nuclear Blast and was recorded during the band's November 2014 tour in support of For The Journey.

Two videos featuring keyboard player West discussing all the English group's studio albums have been released. And while talking about the band's 1994 second album Psychedelicatessen, he recalls one of many "missed opportunities" to take their career to the next level.

West says: "We were off doing a show in Belgium, a big festival with Whitesnake. The MTV crew were there and for some reason we were on a bus with them.

They said we had to do a video for this song Innocent and they would put it on Headbangers Ball. So we rushed home after the show and put together this video. We thought, 'This is it, this is out big launching pad. We're gonna be on TV and be a big global band.'

"We sent off the video then we heard that week that Headbangers Ball had been axed. The first of many missed opportunities of Threshold." Watch the videos here.

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Black Tusk Announce New Album And Stream First Song

(TeamRock Radio) Black Tusk will launch their fifth studio album entitled Pillars Of Ash on January 29 and they've streamed the track God's On Vacation from the album featuring the late Jonathan Athon.

This album will be the band's first material released since the death of founding bassist Jonathan Athon, who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in 2014 and the US outfit have confirmed that the follow-up to 2011's Set The Dial will feature Athon's final recordings.

The album is available for pre-order in green and gold colored vinyl, black vinyl, CD and in a t-shirt bundle pack via Relapse Records' online store. Stream the song and see the track details here.

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District 97 Crowdfunding Upcoming Tour

(Prog) District 97 have launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist with paying for their planned UK tour in March and a series of mainland Europe dates in April of next year.

It follows the announcement of a new lineup, with bassist Tim Seisser and keyboardist Andrew Lawrence replacing Patrick Mulcahy and Rob Clearfield respectively.

The band last year funded the release of third album 'In Vaults' with the support of fans. District 97 say: "All the puzzle pieces are in place and we are ready to come play for you. The question becomes, how can we do this without losing our necks?

"Back when the music industry was booming, record labels used to bankroll world tours and provide bands with booking agents who would sort out all the particulars. That model has all but evaporated.

"So we humbly come before you yet again, and ask that you join us in helping us spread District 97 music near and far. Your pledge will help us thrive as a band and significantly widen our fan base - which can lead to more opportunities in the future)." Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Fox & The Hounds' How The Other Half Live

Kendel Lester from Chicago genre-benders The Fox & the Hounds tells us the story behind their song "How The Other Half Live," which comes from their forthcoming "Peachy Keen" EP. Here is the story:

"How The Other Half Live" is a song about money, power and the disassociation that comes with achieving it. I wrote it while in a heavy listening rotation of Amanda Palmer, the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and a Netflix binge session of Mad Men with the end result being a poppy, sardonic concoction of the three.

I think like most people, I live with a somewhat persistent financial struggle-doing fine but never doing great. As a result, this song turned into a bitter-tinged fantasy, dreaming about a life of ease and infinite pleasure, but concerned with what parts of myself might get erased in the process. In our society there seems to be a strong influential voice that says "money makes you happy, power makes you happy, more things make you happy" but at what cost? What happens to our humanity and our empathy? What do we have to sacrifice in order to attain more things? These are the kind of topics I wanted to subtly explore under the façade of bright pop chords and candy coated harmonies.

While recording the songs for our new EP, Peachy Keen, we were lucky enough to score ourselves a producer who seemed to really understand what we were trying to achieve. A lot of the songs have a sense of dichotomy between the chord structures and the genuine words and intention- it's actually why we chose the name "peachy keen", a phrase that sounds shiny and sweet, but is often said with sarcasm and cynicism. This divisiveness is especially prevalent in the 1940s style throwback to Jule Styne's "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" that takes place during the bridge of How The Other Half Live. I remember watching a scene from Mad Men were Jon Hamm's character upon finishing a picnic, picks up the blanket and then lets the leftover food, paper plates and plastic ware just fly away in the wind. I was struck by how wasteful, careless it was and how oblivious he was to it. So when I was deciding where the song should go, my mind kept coming back to that moment. It just seemed fitting to let the song echo an era where women were valued for beauty and domesticity, the amount of new technology acquired was equal to stature, and where waste and disregard were the status quo - really not a far cry from where we are now.

With that being said, at the end of the day, the song is fun. It's a fantasy world with bright baubles and bells filled with brassy horns, glittering diamonds and perhaps a few pipe dreams.

We recently won a local contest for How The Other Half Live and are in the process of filming a fully produced music video from Big Teeth Productions out later this year. Peachy Keen comes out December 5th with a release show at Chicago landmark, Subterranean.

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

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The Dead Weather Reveal Black Friday Special Release Plans

(BH) The Dead Weather have revealed their special plans for this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event. The band lead by Jack White will be playing Black Friday Four Card Draw with their fans. We were sent the following details:

On November 27th, a limited amount of special edition signed Dead Weather playing cards featuring the band as the King, Queen, Jack and Joker will be randomly inserted in to Dodge and Burn vinyl LP's at select indie retailers in the US and at the grand opening of Third Man Records Detroit.

Signed playing cards will also be randomly included in ThirdManStore.com orders of the Dodge and Burn LP from Black Friday through Sunday, November 29th.


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Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard Streaming New Years Day Song

Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard has released a stream of his New Years-themed song "What Begins On New Years Day" which will be part of Amazon Music's holiday playlist.

"What Begins On New Years Day" follows Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff's "Surviving Christmas" as the second track premiered from the playlist which will be released by Amazon on November 20th for free purchase and for free streaming for Prime members.

More than 25 artists will be featured on the playlist including Rogue Wave, YACHT, Anna von Hausswolff, Ivan & Alyosha, SOAK, Langhorne Slim and more, singing newly writing holiday songs or new renditions of holiday classics. Check out Pollard's song here.

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The Easthills Release 'Mothers & Fools' Video Ft. Nada Surf's Doug Gillard

(Bohlsen) The Easthills have released a music video for their new single "Mothers & Fools" which featured a guest appearance from acclaimed indie rock guitarist Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Nada Surf).

The new single comes from the group's forthcoming sophomore album, "Fear and Temptation," which they will release in 2016. The track is available via the band's website TheEasthills.com and CD Baby ahead of its release at leading digital retailers. We were sent the following additional details:

Gillard plays on six of the new album's songs. A guitarist, songwriter and solo artist, he has played with artists including Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Lifeguards, Death Of Samantha, Gem, Bambi Kino, Sally Crewe, Mascott and many more. "We are truly grateful for Doug's contributions to some of the new songs on our new record. He is a longtime hero of our band and now a mentor and friend," said The Easthills' Hank Campbell.

The Easthills also have a series of shows lined up in November including Sunday, November 22 with Cheap Trick in Terre Haute, Ind., and two shows with the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band on Friday, November 27 in Indianapolis and Saturday, November 28 in Cincinnati. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now.

Watch the video here.

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Arcade Messiah Streaming New Song 'Read The Sky'

(Prog) Arcade Messiah's track Read The Sky has been made available to stream. It's taken from the second album from KingBathmat mainman John Bassett's side project. Arcade Messiah II is released on November 27 via Stereohead Records and can be pre-ordered now.

It follows last year's debut Arcade Messiah release. 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 stream here.

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Nashville Pussy Announce North American Tour

(Freeman) Nashville Pussy have announced that they will be hitting the road again on a North American tour including headline shows and in November and December and then will hit the road supporting Reverend Horton Heat in January.

The band will be launching the treks in support of their recently released "Ten Years of Pussy," a retrospective album of the bands ten years of working with SPV/Steamhammer.

Up The Dosage (2014), featuring bassist Bonnie Buitrago, has been called "Nashville Pussy's Back In Black" and was Pick Of The Week on That Metal Show.

From Hell To Texas (2009) was recorded at Willie Nelson's studio in Texas and featured some of the band's strongest songwriting to date. And Get Some (2005), was the first SPV release and the first collaboration with Daniel Rey, and has more hooks than a hillbilly's tackle box.

The bonus live CD includes the version of Nutbush City Limits with special guest Ron Heathman from The Supersuckers on guitar. See the tour dates here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Speak Out About Paris Terrorist Attack

The Eagles Of Death Metal have released a statement following the terrorist attack at their concert in Paris last Friday, November 13th and announced that they have put all of their upcoming concerts on hold.

Here is the statement: "While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

"Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

"We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

"All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

"Vive la musique, vive la liberte, vive la France, and vive EODM."

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Queen In The Studio For Night At The Opera Anniversary

(ITS) The latest edition of the syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Queen's landmark album "A Night At The Opera." The show sent over the following details:

In The Studio speaks to Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, about the make or break fourth album from Queen A Night at the Opera.

It would be next to impossible to understate the importance of Queen's November 1975 A Night at the Opera, both to the band's career and to the album's influence on rock thereafter.

Brian May, one of the finest guitarists in rock history, is joined InTheStudio by Queen drummer Roger Taylor in this classic rock interview for the 40th anniversary of this eclectic hard rock album which included: "Death on Two Legs", "I'm in Love with My Car", the progressive rock "The Prophet Song", skiffle pub sing along " '39" , mainstream pop "You're My Best Friend", campy vaudeville "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon", Freddie Mercury'sdrop dead gorgeous love song "Love of My Life" , and the mock operetta song for the ages "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Broke after three albums, Queen's Brian May reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how desperate the band's situation was, but also how determined they were to do it.

"It was definitely sink or swim. If that album (A Night at the Opera) hadn't done what it did, that would have been the end of the band... We took a lot of risks and that was always the name of the game, I suppose. And "Bohemian Rhapsody", in particular, everyone said, 'you can't put that out as a single'... Well that's what we're putting out and we're not changing it." - Brian May

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Jimmy Eat World Vinyl Albums Reissue Campaign Announced

Universal Music Catalogue have announced that they will be launching a vinyl reissue campaign for Jimmy Eat World that will include five classic albums from the band.

The campaign will kick off with December 4th reissue release of their hit album "Bleed America" as a single LP. December 11th will see the release of three double LP reissues for "Static Prevails," "Clarity," and "Futures".

"Stay On My Side Tonight" will follow on the 18th. According to Prescription, "Never before released on vinyl, 'Stay On My Side Tonight' is a five-track EP originally released by Jimmy Eat World through downloads on September 13, 2005 and physically released on October 4, 2005.

"It consists of 3 unreleased songs (at the time of release), a cover of the Heatmiser song 'Half Right', and a remix of the Futures track 'Drugs or Me'. The title of the album is taken from a line in the song 'Disintegration', the EP's opening track." See the tracklistings

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Chris Cornell Featured On Latest Episode Of Set List On Live Nation TV

(Live Nation TV) Live Nation TV sat down with the Chris Cornell for a brand new episode of Set List as the Soundgarden frontman prepared for his solo acoustic shows in support of his new album Higher Truth. We were sent over the following details:

Featuring newly unearthed archival footage and an extensive interview with the grunge architect, the episode is an in depth look at one of one of rock's most iconic living frontmen. Along the way Cornell also shares how he got his start as a solo artist and explains why spontaneity is a rarity among musicians today - all while sprinkling anecdotes in anecdotes from his time in Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave.

The episode also highlights Chris Cornell's new tour and album, both of which find the artist further embracing his songwriting instincts outside of a band dynamic. "The idea that I'm not feeling the song because there's too much going on, but when there's nothing but one acoustic guitar performance and singing it works for me - it's kind of a new thing," the legendary singer tells LNTV in the piece. Watch the episode here.

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Supersuckers' Holdin' The Bag Album Getting Wider Release

(Classic Rock) Supersuckers latest album Holdin' The Bag will get a European release early next year. Eddie Spaghetti and co issued the album in the US in October and it'll be available in Europe via SPV/Steamhammer on January 29.

It follows the mainman's battle with cancer, during which the band launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for his treatment. Spaghetti says: "If you don't like Holdin' The Bag, then you really don't like the Supersuckers.

"I really feel like this and Get The Hell are the best records we've ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we're finally getting the hang of this. We're still that hungry little band that pictures itself being much bigger than it really is." Read more here.

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