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Day in Rock Report for 11/20/2015



Two Bands In Major Tour Bus Crashes

(Classic Rock) Hinder and The Ghost Inside have been involved in separate tour bus crashes, with all band members having survived. But The Ghost Inside's driver was killed when their vehicle collided with a car in El Paso, Texas.

The Ghost Inside say: "All band members and all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it.

"Unfortunately, all US shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can." The band have set up a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the unnamed driver's funeral expenses.

Meanwhile, Hinder bassist Mike Rodden and a crewman suffered broken ribs in Cookeville, Tennessee, and their driver has since undergone emergency surgery.

Hinder report: "Special thanks to the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency and the Cookeville Regional Medical Center for taking care of us today. Please send thoughts and prayers to our driver, Dave, as he is in surgery now. Mike and our lighting guy Clint both have broken ribs but will be okay."

They add that the driver's dog was also on board and had been feared dead at first, but was later recovered. Read more and see photos here.

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Metallica Star Asks Fans To Be Patient

(Classic Rock) Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has asked fans to be patient while the band work on the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic. Earlier this month, they released a clip of frontman James Hetfield recording guitar parts for what will be their 10th album. But Trujillo says the final release is still some way off.

He tells Talk Is Jericho (via Blabbermouth): "We're having a great time - we're still working. It's gonna be a little while. Everybody's got to be patient. But it's coming, and that's the beautiful thing.

"Basically, you take it a step at a time, and you jam through it. You jam it, and you get the right feel. It's all centered around the jam, and that's where the magic comes from. That's how we're doing it." Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Pull Out Of European Tour Over Security Concerns

Lamb Of God have canceled their current European tour due to security concerns following the terrorist attack at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris last Friday (November 13th).

Children of Bodom, who were also on the tour along with Syslosis, broke the news to fans but also said that they are trying to continue the trek on their own. They said the following on Thursday, "Lamb of God has chosen to leave the European tour due to security concerns in Europe.

"Our team has been working very hard to make all of the remaining shows happen. We want to, and have decided to, continue on the road and play the rest of the tour.

"Here is what we know so far. Unfortunately the promoter has decided to move forward and cancel tonight's show in Oberhausen, Germany, and the additional shows in Germany.

"At this time, the remaining schedule will move forward as this (we ARE looking to add more shows FYI). We WILL keep you updated as we have changes, and we are doing our best to keep you informed as quickly as possible on everything."

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Bob Seger Plans New Album and 'Bucket List' Tour Next Year

(Radio.com) 2016 marks Bob Seger's 50th year in the music business, and to celebrate the musician will be releasing a new album and touring, he said in an interview with Billboard. Titled I Knew You When, the album will comprise unreleased and updated songs.

Following the album's release, Seger intends to launch a "bucket list" tour, marking certain cities and venues like New Orleans Jazz Fest and the Hollywood Bowl off his list.

While some musicians don't release as much work once they get older, Seger has remained a prolific songwriter. Still, discussing the difficulty of writing new music as he ages, Seger admitted, "Well, it never gets easier. It takes huge chunks of time, and you've got to commit to an enormous amount of staring out the window waiting for the lyric to come. The music comes fairly easily, because I've been doing this for so long. But coming up with the right lyric is much more difficult." Read more here.

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David Bowie Releases Short Film For 'Blackstar'

(hennemusic) David Bowie has released a short film/video for the title track to his forthcoming album "Blackstar." The tune is the title track to a new album by Bowie, which he'll release on his 69th birthday on January 8.

The singer was commissioned to write the song as the theme for a newly-launched crime series, The Last Panthers, airing on Sky Atlantic in Europe. The 6-episode program, which debuted on November 12, stars Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt.

The video and TV series are directed by Johan Renck. "I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much," says Renck. "We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws.

"We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature. He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence - images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald.

"That's when he said go - it all fits. Then he played me his new song Blackstar." Watch the video here.

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Anthrax Stream Previously Unreleased Track From Disease Reissue

(hennemusic) Anthrax have released a stream of a previously unreleased live version of "Madhouse" as a preview to the expanded 30th anniversary edition of 1985's "Spreading The Disease."

The track is one of eight live songs from the band's first-ever concert in Japan at Tokyo's Sun Plaza in 1987 featured on the second disc of the reissue, due on November 20.

Produced by the group with Carl Canedy, the project marked the first Anthrax album to feature singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. The expanded 2-disc reissue presents previously unreleased bonus material including Belladonna's 1984 demo recording of the song "Medusa" and nine "rhythm tracks" from Anthrax recordings also done in 1984.

"We wanted to do something special for our fans to celebrate the anniversary of Spreading The Disease," says drummer Charlie Benante. "We took the idea to Universal a couple of years ago and have been very hands-on with them, creating this special, deluxe edition that we think our fans will really like."

Anthrax will support Lamb Of God on their headlining US tour in the New Year. The 6-week run opens January 15 in Pittsburgh, PA, with dates wrapping up in Los Angeles on February 12.

The winter tour will be followed by the February 26 release of Anthrax's new album, "For All Kings." The follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated album "Worship Music" is being previewed with a lyric video for the lead track "Evil Twin." Check out the song stream here.

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EODM Crew Member Killed In Paris Attack Honor With T-Shirt

(Classic Rock) Saxon have created a t-shirt in memory of merchandise seller Nick Alexander who was murdered in last week's Paris terror attacks. Alexander, 36 and from Colchester, was working the Eagles Of Death Metal's merch desk on Friday night at the city's Bataclan venue when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked, killing 89 people as part of a coordinated series of incidents across the French capital which left a total of 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Alexander worked with a string of other bands, including Saxon, who have launched the new t-shirt and vowed to donate proceeds to a cause approved by Nick's family.

Saxon say: "Nick was a well respected merchandise manager who has worked with many bands worldwide, including Saxon, and will be sorely missed by many friends and colleagues on the road. All profits from the sale of this t-shirt will be donated to a charitable trust as instructed by Nick's family."

The t-shirt includes the an image of a horseman carrying the French tricolour flag and the French motto of 'liberte, egalite, fraternite,' which translates as liberty, equality, fraternity. Read more here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Stream Song Featuring Halestorm's Lzzy Hale

(Classic Rock) Trans-Siberian Orchestra have released a stream of the track Forget About The Blame (Moon Version) which features a guest appearance from Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale.

It's a bonus song on their latest album Letters From The Labyrinth, which was released last week. Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill says: "Over the years I have been able to read and hold in my hands letters from people that have inspired me and left a mark on civilisation. People like Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and Orville Wright.

"When I actually held a letter in my hand that President Lincoln wrote, it brought me into his world in a way I could never have imagined." Trans-Siberian Orchestra are currently on their The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve tour across North America. Stream the new song here.

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Scorpions Land Six Albums On Domestic Album Chart

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have placed six of their expanded reissues on the German album charts. Radio And Music reports the group's 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions series has delivered the band a new chart landmark in their home country.

1982's "Blackout" debuted at No. 43, 1984's "Love At First Sting" at No. 46, 1985's "World Wide Live" at No. 52, 1979's "Lovedrive" at No. 59; 1978's "Tokyo Tapes" at No. 70 and the "Scorpions Deluxe Vinyl Box Set" enters at No. 97.

The feat makes the Scorpions just the fifth music act to have six or more albums place on the German charts at the same time; previous artists to have achieved the milestone include The Beatles, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and James Last. Read more here.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Rock Classic and New Track On Fallon

(hennemusic) Jeff Lynne's ELO performed a pair of tracks for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, including the band's 1977 hit "Mr. Blue Sky" and video of the his performance has gone online.

The group played "When I Was A Boy" from their newly-released album "Alone In The Universe" on the broadcast and the classic tune as a web exclusive.

Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970, Electric Light Orchestra scored hits in the 70s as a modern rock group with overtones of classical music, including "Evil Woman", "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line" and "Don't Bring Me Down", among others.

ELO members went their separate ways in 1986, with drummer Bev Bevan carrying on as "ELO Part II" before selling his half of the rights to the ELO brand to Lynne in early 2000.

Encouraged by the success of a 2000 box set entitled "Flashback", Lynne released "Zoom" in 2001, marking the band's first official release since 1986's "Balance Of Power."

In 2012, Lynne released "Mr, Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra", featuring new recordings of the group's hits by the singer. Watch the Tonight Show performance here.

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Venom Warns Fans Not To Be Fooled By 'Pale Imitations'

(Classic Rock) Venom say they're being misrepresented on some websites who claim they're playing venues across the US. The band's Prime Evil era lineup featuring Mantas and Abaddon play under the Venom Inc banner and have lined up a North and South American tour. And without directly mentioning the spin-off, Cronos insists there's only one true Venom.

Responding to guitarist Rage who says: "Don't be fooled by pale imitations," Cronos was quick to go into more depth. He tells Metal Rules: "Check out the real Venom. We know that there's been some sites who've been putting our photographs and our Venom logo up for a whole load of dates that don't have anything to do with us.

"Venom play one-off shows, and that's the way we've always done it. And we like to have it as big and as best as we can. We don't do little club tours - that's never been the Venom way. We're trying to contact some of these sites to say, 'Look, you're misrepresenting the band.'"

He continues: "We don't know who this band is that you're talking about, but we're not coming to America to play 30 shows. Please get your sh*t together and sort it out." Watch the full interview here.

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The Darkness Release 'I Am Santa' Video

(hennemusic) The Darkness have released a seasonal video for "I Am Santa", one of four new songs featured on the November 20 release of the expanded, Deluxe Edition of their latest album, "Last Of Our Kind."

Directed by Simon Emmett, the clip presents a vintage holiday video vibe for the upbeat tune. The expanded "Last Of Our Kind" reissue also includes new tracks "Messenger", "Always Had The Blues" and "Million Dollar Strong."

The Darkness just completed a month-long North American tour in support of the project. The group will kick off an extensive tour in their native UK in Norwich, England on November 28 and begin 2016 on a European trek that launches in January. Watch the video here.

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Concert Promoter Calls For Law Against 'Parasitic' Ticket Resellers

(Classic Rock) Veteran concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith has branded UK secondary ticketing laws "a national disgrace." He wants a limit of 10% over face value to be set by legislation, replacing the current situation where sellers can charge what they like.

His comments come after consumers' association Which? accused secondary sales websites of breaching rules, as the government prepares to end a public consultation on the matter.

Goldsmith cites the example of tickets to U2's recent London show, which had an official price of £182 but could be found on resale sites for £3300. He tells the BBC: "We're asking the government to pass a law which says you cannot sell a ticket for more than 10% of its face value."

Association of Independent Festivals boss Paul Reed says some sites are guilty of fraud. He says: "I don't think 'parasitic' is too strong a word for the secondary industry. This is an industry that's been allowed to grow on the back of the creative arts without reinvesting anything.

"We had an event this year where 27 people bought tickets on a secondary platform. The platforms weren't contactable, they weren't accountable. These tickets were fraudulent." Read more here.

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Moneen To Play First U.S. Shows In 5 Years

Indie-rockers Moneen have an early Christmas present for lucky fans in three cities in the U.S. The band announced that they will perform their first U.S. shows in 5 years next month.

The eastern United States dates will include stops in Philadelphia (Dec 18th), Brooklyn (Dec 19th) and Cambridge, Ma (Dec 20th) with co-headliners Moving Mountains and support from Prawn.

Vocalist and guitarist Kenny Bridges had the following to say, "It's been about half a decade since the last time we played in the States. Can't be more excited to get to play again. Considering I thought we would never get to play the States again these 3 shows are very special for us."

Moneen is touring in support of the forthcoming reissue of their 2003 sophomore album Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?, which will be released on vinyl LP (180 gram black vinyl with gate fold packaging and printed insert; Limited to 600 copies) for the first time eve
See the tour dates here.

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Evanescence's Amy Lee Releases Cover Of U2 Classic

(TeamRock Radio) Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has released a cover of U2 track With Or Without You. It originally appeared on Bono and co's 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The video is the second song to appear on Lee's new YouTube channel, which was created to showcase her solo work. She previously issued a cover of Portishead's It's A Fire.

Lee says: "This dark version of U2's immortal song was playing in my head as I woke up one morning. I was lingering in that half-awake, half-asleep place, with no images - just darkness, this song, and huge emotions. As I was becoming conscious I just kept thinking, 'don't let it go, don't forget.' I went straight upstairs and laid down the synth and basic vocal."

She continues: "I had the pleasure of seeing U2 live at MSG this year and it was powerful and inspiring. It made me excited to play live again. This track is still my favourite of theirs. Love is rarely simple, more often it's tearing your guts out. And I think that's why this song creeps into my dreams and haunts me." Check out the stream here.

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At The Gates Release 'The Night Eternal' Video

(TeamRock Radio) At The Gates have released a video for their song The Night Eternal, which is a track from the Swedish outfit's concept album At War With Reality, which was released in 2014.

Frontman Tomas Lindberg said of their fifth record: "The start of the writing process was a little bit scary when we tried out the direction, but as soon as things started to come together I wanted this to be the ultimate At The Gates record and it proved to be just that."

The band headlined this month's Damnation Festival in the UK and are currently on the road for a European tour. Check out the band's new music video here.

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Nothing More Release 'Here's To The Heartache' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Nothing More have released a video for their track Here's To The Heartache. The song is from the US outfit's self-titled fifth studio album, released last year via Eleven Seven Music.

Speaking about the track, frontman Jonny Hawkins quotes author Steve Marabolli, and says: "'As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.'

"This quote sums up the heart of this song. We've seen failed relationships lead to soul mates. Crippling weakness, uncover hidden strength, and epic loss pave the way for greatness. For us, 'believing it would work out' led to things working out. Was it ever easy? No. Was it always worth it? Yes. So, here's to the heartache…" Watch the video here.

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The Aristocrats' Guthrie Govan Shrugs Off Praise

(Prog) The Aristocrats' Guthrie Govan says he doesn't take gushing praise about his guitar work too seriously. Govan is often described as one of the greatest guitarists on the planet, frequently topping polls. But he doesn't allow himself to get carried away with the attention.

He tells MusicRadar: "I'm grateful people are responding to what I do, but I temper that by understanding that music is not a contest and I don't think anyone is the greatest thing.

"Your goal, once you get deep enough into it, should be just to compete with yourself. You should want to be better than the old you was - other people shouldn't come into it.

"So try and do things you would like to hear that you can't hear in anyone else's music. Find something personal." Read more here.

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Intervals Release Stream Of 'Fable' From Forthcoming Album

(Prog) Intervals have premiered their new song Fable with TeamRock, which is a track that comes from their forthcoming album The Shape Of Colour, due to be released on December 4th.

The Canadians' second record is an all-instrumental work after guitarist and composer Aaron Marshall found himself the only remaining member from the previous lineup.

Fable features a guest appearance by BadBadNotGood saxophonist Leland Whitty. Marshall tells TeamRock: "The main theme almost feels like you could picture a flute or even bagpipes playing it. The song is also a perpetual exploration and juxtaposition of two varying time feels, which sort of creates a journey.

"When the bridge began to shape up, I knew I wanted to feature another instrument - and I'd been looking for an opportunity to feature the saxophone for some time. Leland served the tune perfectly and said exactly what needed to be said in the piece." Check out the song here.

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Waters Announce 2016 U.S. Tour Dates

(Vagrant) Waters announced that they will be launching a West Coast tour in February playing their last shows before they hit the studio to begin recording their new album.

The headline trek will take the group through California and Arizona, kicking off in Los Angeles and wrapping in San Francisco. Tickets for this run of dates go on sale this Friday.

The band debuted their new EP Up Up Up in September, serving as a follow up to their sophomore release, What's Real, which garnered critical acclaim from the press. See the tour dates.

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Phish To Release The Siket Disc On Vinyl

(BH) Phish have announced that they will be releasing "The Siket Disc" as a 1-LP vinyl album on December 18th. We were sent the following details about the vinyl reissue and the tracklisting:

The album was originally self-released on CD in June of 1999 and introduced to retail by Elektra in November of 2000.The Siket Disc contains 35 minutes of almost entirely instrumental, live-in-the-studio improvisation recorded by its namesake, engineer John Siket.

The music was culled by Phish keyboardist Page McConnell from The Story of the Ghost sessions that took place in 1997 at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York.

Highlighting the band's millennial, sometimes-ambient explorations of the time, The Siket Disc yielded a few songs that have since been incorporated into live shows including "What's The Use?", "My Left Toe", "The Happy Whip and Dung Song", and even the vocoder soundscape of "Quadrophonic Toppling".

The album was recorded and mixed by Siket, compiled/edited by McConnell, and mastered for vinyl from the Digital Audio Tape flat master by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Each LP is pressed onto 180g audiophile grade vinyl and includes a free MP3 download of the album transferred from vinyl. See the tracklisting here.

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Black Peaks Release 'Saviour' Video

(Prog) Black Peaks have released a new music video for their track Saviour, taken from upcoming debut album Statues, which is set to be released on February 26th.

The Brighton prog metal quartet's record is now available for pre-order in digital, signed CD and signed vinyl editions, complete with an instant download of Saviour.

Frontman Will Gardener recently told TeamRock: "What we do is pretty heavy - it goes a lot darker than the songs people have heard so far. We're huge fans of Meshuggah, Dillinger, Between The Buried And Me and Tool. That's where we come from." Watch the video here.

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Holy Sons Release 'Fall Of Man' Video

(Prog) Holy Sons have premiered the video for their track Fall Of Man exclusively via Prog. It's the title track from the band's current album of the same name, which was released worldwide on November 13.

The new music for the "Fall Of Man" title track was directed by White Hills' Ego Sensation and the video clip also features members of the band Dommengang.

Grails, Om and Lilacs & Champagne man Emil Amos is the mastermind behind Holy Sons. He tours the UK with Golden Void early next year. Watch the new video here.

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Inglorious Release 'Until I Die' Video

(Classic Rock) Inglorious have released a video for their track Until I Die exclusively with Classic Rock. It's taken from the UK outfit's self-titled debut album, out on February 19 via Frontiers Records Srl.

Queen's Brian May has given frontman Nathan James, bassist Colin Parkinson, drummer Phil Beaver and guitarists Will Taylor and Andreas Zata Eriksson his seal of approval after hearing some of the band's material.

He says: "You guys really do look like a potent young Deep Purple but with a new slant - very classic! And the musicianship is stunning. Good luck with it all - I'm sure you will do great. Amazing vocals, by the way." Watch the video here.

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Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile To Have Surgery

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile is to undergo further surgery, he's revealed. He'll receive medical attention on his hip and back, as he continues to battle genetic disorder Marfan syndrome, which causes problems with bones, nerves and other tissues.

He's been off the road while recovering from emergency surgery that took place in June. Asked by an ill fan for encouragement, Carlile says via Twitter: "If I can do it, so you can you. I'm also having surgery soon - hip and back.

"I wake up daily and face battles. As do we all. It's how we overcome them that makes us who we are." He adds: "Living with Marfan syndrome isn't easy. Thankfully I have music and support from all of you. Couldn't battle daily without both." Read more here.

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Rush Release 'Xanadu' Video From R40 Live

(hennemusic) Rush have released a video of a performance of their classic 1977 track, "Xanadu", as a preview to the forthcoming "R40 Live" release ahead of it's November 20th release.

The song originally appeared on the group's fifth album, "A Farewell To Kings", which peaked at No. 33 on the US Billboard 200. "R40 Live" presents Rush live in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June.

Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after the group's 40th anniversary box set "R40." It will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album. Watch the video here.

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Gwar Announce Midnight In The GWARden Of New Year's Evil

(Freeman) Gwar have announced that they will be putting on a special show for New Year's Eve! "Midnight in the GWARden of New Year's Evil" will take place December 31st at the National in Gwar's adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. We were sent the following details about the event

This unprecedented celebration is a must attend for all Bohabs as Gwar is set to ring in the New Year with a special one of a kind performance. Special guests and exclusive events for the evening will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM Eastern HERE.

"I can't wait to commit a mass human sacrifice to bring about the end of the world at midnight on December 31st this year. If the world doesn't actually come to an end, at least we can still catch a buzz"
-Pustulus

Gwar are currently in the midst of their 30th anniversary tour across North America. See the tour dates here.

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PiL Perform 'Double Trouble' On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

(Classic Rock) PiL appeared on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert and performed their track Double Trouble. The track is taken from John Lydon and co's latest album What The World Needs Now..., released in September via the band's own label.

On the album, Lydon previously told TeamRock: "We were all gagging at the bit to get in and just enjoy each other's company. And this is the end result. That's not to say that we're perfect human beings. We had arguments, but they always led to good things.

"There's none of that petulance that I've seen with other people I've worked with over the years. PiL is now in a position where I've always wanted us to be - completely independent of outside authority." Watch the performance here.

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Ulver Reveal Two Preview Clips For New Album ATGCLVLSSCAP

(Prog) Ulver have released two audio clips of tracks from their upcoming album ATGCLVLSSCAP. The title of the record is made up of the first letters of the 12 signs of the zodiac and will be released on January 22. It features 12 tracks containing over 80 minutes of music, much of which was improvised.

The band's label, House Of Mythology, say: "By shaking up their creative process, the band have summoned up a unique testimony to the creative power of a mighty force who remain blissfully free of genre or convention.

"ATGCLVLSSCAP is progressive in the truest sense of the word - a record that may be this capricious band's piece-de-resistance." In addition, the band have released the final tracklist and issued three promotional videos. View them here.

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Sky Announce Digital EP Called 'Troika'

(Prog) A Sky EP entitled Troika will be released on digital formats on December 4. The four-track recording features two versions of the band's take on Sergei Prokofiev's classic Christmas piece, which featured on Sky's 1983 album Cadmium.

It'll be released via Esoteric Recordings and will also include the tracks Why Don't We and The Fool On The Hill. The EP will follow the launch of a Sky 2CD anthology entitled Toccata, which is out on November 27th

Toccata features the best of guitarists John Williams and Kevin Peek, keyboardists Steve Gray and Francis Monkman, bassist Herbie Flowers and percussionist Tristan Fry. Read more here.

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