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Day in Rock Report for 11/24/2015



David Lee Roth's Eat 'Em And Smile Band Reuniting For Special Show

(hennemusic) The lineup featured on David Lee Roth's 1986 debut full-length solo album, "Eat 'Em And Smile", will reunite for the first time in three decades to perform songs from the record with guest vocalist Ralph Saenz (a.k.a. Michael Starr of Steel Panther) in Hollywood on November 25.

Guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Gregg Bissonette and Seanz will play a free show at Lucky Strike Live as part of the club's "Ultimate Jam Night" series.

The Steel Panther frontman was the lead singer for the Roth-era Van Halen tribute band Atomic Punks from 1994 to 2008, where he had the nickname David Lee Ralph.

Roth released "Eat 'Em And Smile" in the summer of 1986 following his the success of his 1985 EP "Crazy From The Heat" and his departure from Van Halen that same year.

The album was previewed with the US Top 20 single "Yankee Rose", and hit No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to selling more than 2 million copies in the States alone. Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Streaming Unreleased Song

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has released a stream of the unreleased track "Party Lights" as a preview of his forthcoming 7-disc box set, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection."

Due December 4, the project present material recorded for his 1980 double-album, "The River", which delivered the singer 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.

"We recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded," says Springsteen. "We were in the studio day after day after day, you know. I probably worked the hardest on some of things that ended up as outtakes…you never knew, I never knew. I didn't know where it was going."

The 4CD/3DVD package offers the original double album alongside "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.

The set also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

The package adds a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus memorabilia documenting the album and the era. Read more and stream the song here.

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Stone Sour Streaming Cover Of Iron Maiden Classic

(Classic Rock) Stone Sour have released a stream of their cover version of the Iron Maiden classic Running Free, which appears on their forthcoming Straight Outta Burbank EP.

Frontman Corey Taylor had the following to say to Metal Hammer about the cover track, "If you're going to cover something, you want to go for the best. It's no secret that I'm a huge Maiden fan.

"Running Free had the spirit of what we were looking for - it's kick-ass, it's driving, it's got the Maiden guitar breaks." The Straight Outta Burbank EP is set to be released this week as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday campaign. Check out the song stream here.

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Tool Star Gives Update On New Album's Progress

(Radio.com) Tool recently announced a short US tour, and now we're getting more details about the status of their long-awaited fifth studio album. Guitarist Adam Jones recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the recording's progress and process.

Jones says the band has about twenty ideas that they're currently working on, and when asked specifically if singer Maynard James Keenan had heard the material, he answered in the affirmative.

"Yeah. We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we're in communication. He's got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he's still working on that and he'll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don't write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song's done and he knows how the end is, he's still figuring out the flow."

"The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it's a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It's always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it's just how people work."

He also shared his thoughts on Maynard's recent controversial comments about being conned into playing a Halloween show with the band. Read about that here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Postpone Paris Concert

Five Finger Death Punch have postponed tonight's (November 24th) concert in Paris, France. This cancelation follows the band's decision to postpone Sunday night's show in Milan, Italy after a rumor surfaced that the show would be targeted for a terrorist attack.

The band had the following to say about the Paris postponement, "We are still on tour in Europe, and we are evaluating each show day by day. A lot of work and analysis goes into each decision. Since the events in Paris last week, the situation is still very chaotic - a lot of misinformation - and a lot of uncertainty in some places.

"But the most important factor is the safety of the fans which we are not willing to compromise. As a result, for now we will have to postpone the Paris show. Please stay tuned for more info."

The band still has three dates scheduled on the tour including a show in Germany on Wednesday (Nov. 25), Brussels on Thursday and London on Saturday.

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U2 Reveal Rescheduled Paris Concerts And HBO Special

(hennemusic) U2 have announced the rescheduled dates for a pair of concerts they had scheduled in Paris that were cancelled following the November 13 terrorist attacks in the city.

The band will perform at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy on December 6 and 7, with the second show filmed and broadcast December 7 on HBO at 9:00 p.m. ET.

"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13 is irreplaceable," said Bono, speaking from Dublin ahead of Monday's opening show of four in their hometown. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind - but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city.

"It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We're going to put on our best for Paris."

"The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honor the commitment to their audience," added U2 Innocence + Experience tour promoter and producer Arthur Fogel. Read more here.

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Scott Weiland Finds Touring Harder In Today's Industry

(Classic Rock) Scott Weiland admits life on the road appeals to him much less as he gets older. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman is on tour with his band Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts and, as much as he loves performing, he says the state of the music industry makes touring more of a necessity than it's ever been.

Weiland tells South Detroit Soundhouse: "It's way harder. We used to have marketing budgets of a couple of million dollars, now it's like $75,000. You have to spend a lot of time on the road to make up for the loss of income from selling records.

"I'm not as keen on it as I was when I was in my 20s, especially being happily married and not being able to see my kids and stepson as much. My wife comes out and visits me on the road for a week or two at a time. But this is a long tour, nine weeks, so I'm missing her a lot." Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside Update Fans Following Fatal Tour Bus Crash

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside's bass player Jim Riley says the condition of the band members hurt in last week's fatal bus crash is improving. The group's bus collided with another vehicle in El Paso, Texas, leaving the bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle dead.

The Ghost Inside's Andrew Tkaczykt, Jonathan Vigil and Zach Johnson were said to be in critical condition at University Medical Center after being airlifted from the scene.

In an update posted on Facebook, Riley says: "The last 48 hours have seen everyone's condition improve. We are surrounded by lots of loved ones and the vibe today is very positive. Asking again that you keep sending good juju our way and keep the families of the two drivers that lost their lives in your thoughts.

"It will be a few more days before we share any individual details. If you've seen any of the pictures that are floating around you know the serious nature of the situation and hope you understand the need for a little privacy and discretion.

"The doctors here are phenomenal and we are in the most capable of hands. Thank you for the love and support. Life is swinging hard. We are swinging harder." Read more including Jim's full post here.

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Fans Help All Shall Perish Singer's Daughter's Medical Treatment

(TeamRock Radio) All Shall Perish fans have rallied to raise funds for singer Craig Betit's infant daughter's medical bills. Betit's partner Meghan Murphy gave birth to Harper on November 15.

She was born with "vascular abnormalities" that required immediate attention and the band asked fans to help raise $2000 to pay for the treatment.

A GoFundMe page set up by Betit has already surpassed that target, bringing in $3100 so far. The surgery included a procedure to remove a growth from little Harper's hip.

Craig Betit says: "Harper's surgery went fantastic. The growth has been removed and the incision closed up. If all goes well we should be back home within 48 hours. Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, kind words, and all-round support."

Tests are ongoing to uncover the exact details of the baby's condition, and the money raised will help the couple continue to make the long journeys for her treatment without being under extra financial strain. Read more including the full post from the band here.

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No Devotion Release Permanent Sunlight Video

(TeamRock Radio) No Devotion have released a video for their track Permanent Sunlight. It's taken from the band's debut album Permanence, released in September via frontman Geoff Rickley's own label, Collect Records.

No Devotion were formed from the ashes of Lostprophets. On the video, the band say: "Every one of us had a hand in helping out, with our good friend Liza directing us.

"It was a really great experience. We're definitely gonna do another one soon - darker, more cinematic visuals perhaps. And, yes, we plan to get on the road again too." Watch the video here.

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Lion Shepherd Streaming New Album Hiraeth Online

(Prog) Lion Shepherd have made their debut album available to stream via Prog. Hiraeth is out now via Glassville Records and the Polish band is led by vocalist Kamil Haidar and multi-instrumentalist Mateusz Owczarek.

Haidar says the band drew on influences from across the world for the album. He adds: "I love listening to artists from outside Europe and outside the US - from Israel, from North Africa, from the Middle East, from far Asia as well.

"This is tribal, ethnic and world music overall, it has such a big power and just to combine it with rock music, which is also very powerful, it's an explosion of emotions." Stream the album here.

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Public Service Broadcasting To Live Stream Upcoming Concert

(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have announced they'll stream their O2 Brixton Academy show in London on November 29. It'll be aired live via the O2 Academy Live website at 9pm.

The performance is one of three shows J Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth will play this month. They were forced to postpone five planned appearances in Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Norwich due to family issues.

Those dates will now take place in February. The duo have just released their Sputnik/Korolev EP and have issued Petar Dundov's remix of Sputnik from the record. Hear it here.

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The Mute Gods Release 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me' Video

(Prog) The Mute Gods have released a video for their track Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. It's the title track of bassist and vocalist Nick Beggs' latest project, also featuring drummer Marco Minnemann and keyboardist Roger King. Their debut album is set for release on January 22.

Two versions of the video have been released - a regular shoot and a 360 degree version directed by Crystal Spotlight for mobile devices. The album will arrive on a limited-edition digipak CD, gatefold 2LP with CD and digital download. Watch the video

Beggs says: "The track was inspired by the speeches of General Dwight D Eisenhower and his warning to the free world about the rise of the Independent Industrial Military Complex." Watch the videos here.

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Fractal Mirror Announce New Album Slow Burn 1

(Prog) Fractal Mirror have announced that they'll release their third album entitled Slow Burn 1 in February. It's the follow-up to Garden Of Ghosts, which was released at the end of 2014.

The band's Leo Koperdraat says: "For the new album we tried to write more compact and focused songs with interesting lyrics. We spent a lot of time and energy on the arrangements.

Brett Kull plays a crucial role again, adding guitars, keyboards and his unique background vocals. Despite the fact that the songs are more focused the progressive rock influences are still very much in place." Read more here.

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Adam Lambert Studied Freddie Mercury Videos For Queen Gig

(Classic Rock) Adam Lambert watched as many Freddie Mercury video clips as he could find online before singing with Queen, he's revealed. The American Idol finalist has been performing alongside Brian May and Roger Taylor since 2011. They're currently touring North America then play the UK and Europe in January.

Lambert tells Absolute Radio: "I did some studying. I felt I really needed to. I was pretty familiar with them, but when I first started working with them, that's when I went onto the internet and scoured everything."

He adds a Mercury performance in Montreal stood out. "He's running around in shorts, with no shoes on. Watching him in that zone really made me understand him.

"He just didn't give a sh*t. He was like, 'I'm going to do whatever I want.' I think he kind of defined what a rock star was to me. He doesn't actually care - and he's so fabulous doing it." Read more here.

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Blessthefall Frontman Promises No Drastic Changes In Sound

(TeamRock Radio) Blessthefall frontman Beau Bokan says the band will never stray too far from their signature sound. While discussing the notable addition of "lighter" material on their two most recent albums, 2013's Hollow Bodies and this year's To Those Left Behind, Bokan admits the band will always look to evolve.

But he insists there will be no "drastic change" when they eventually get to work on their sixth album. On what dictates the direction of new material, he tells Substream: "It depends where we're at as artists and musicians at that point in time because we started writing To Those Left Behind a year ago. At this point right now, we're not really thinking about writing. So when we do start writing it, it'll be interesting to see what we're influenced by at the time.

"We're always going to be Blessthefall, it's always going to be our sound. We're not going to turn into something crazy. It won't be a drastic change, I don't want to say that. You'll always be able to tell it's us.

"We had such a great time making this album, and doing Hollow Bodies has opened up a few doors for us and we've been exploring some new sounds here and there. Then this record, we just kept with that." Read more here.

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Matt Grocott & The Shrives Release Turn Me On Video

(TeamRock Radio) Punk outfit Matt Grocott & The Shrives have released a video for their single Turn Me On. The British band's debut album Back In The Morrow was produced by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who was turned on to the group by his son Joey.

Joey Armstrong ended up playing drums on the album, with his dad laying down bass tracks. Joey Armstrong says: "Working on this project was super rad for me. I'm a musician who wants to be in the studio and I got lucky with Matt and Josh who both write killer songs. I learned the songs in the studio right before we recorded and it felt natural.

"These songs have influences from older bands and I listened to a lot of Elvis Costello's drummer Pete Thomas to get a vibe for what I wanted to do. I'm really excited with how they turned out and can't wait for people to hear them." Watch the video here.

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Creeper Announce 2016 UK Headline Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Creeper have announced that they will be launching a 12-date headline UK tour in early 2016. They also head out on the road for further dates with Neck Deep in 2016.

Creeper will be embarking on the tours in support of their EP The Callous Heart, which was released in September after they signed a deal with Roadrunner Records.

The band say: "We are so excited to announce today that next year we will be heading out on our first-ever headline tour. What's better still is that we have our best friends Grader joining us. I hope you're all as excited as we are." See the dates here.

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Deal Made For Shrapnel Records' Back Catalogue

(Classic Rock) The Orchard have snapped up the rights to Shrapnel Records' back catalogue, it's been announced. As part of the deal, The Orchard will oversee physical and digital distribution of Shrapnel's 322 album archive, which includes music by Marty Friedman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine, Greg Howe, Jason Becker and Vinnie Moore.

Shrapnel Records' founder Mike Varney says: "The distribution landscape has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, requiring greater staffing with expertise in digital distribution.

"Although the Shrapnel Label Group will continue making new records, the expanded distribution and accompanying administration of the back catalog was something we felt could be best served by a larger company."

He continues: "As a pioneer in digital distribution with a tremendous track record of more than 15 years, The Orchard was in a stronger position to effectively realize this for our catalogue." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Cage's Across the Sea of Madness

Cage frontman Sean Peck tells us the story behind the song "Across the Sea of Madness" and the short film for the track, which comes from their brand new album "Ancient Evil". Here is the story:

This song was a crucial part of the ANCIENT EVIL storyline. The guitar players had most of the music to the song already composed when I came into the track. Normally we write all together but this one was mostly together.

Since we were writing an epic horror concept story I had the feeling this was the one for this part of the story that took place on the high seas. I had envisioned that this song had a big ship on the sea with the classic lightning and heavy seas crashing vibe. The speed of it made it the perfect combination.

We added this killer black metal voice section in the middle. That added the creepy vibe that was needed to make this song extra horrific. I think that the opening scream sets the tone for the thrashing that is to come. The intro plodding part was also kind of different from what we normally do and sets up the speed fest nicely.

Once we had our meetings with the record label about which of the 14 songs we would choose to make the music video, although I had a different idea, they unanimously choose this song. It would be the first real music video we had ever done and it came out better than even I had imagined it. For those of you who have not seen it, check it out. It looks like we did a song for the movie ANCIENT EVIL movie and not the other way around!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the album right here!

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Eagles Of Death Metal Documentary Pulled From Film Festival

(TeamRock Radio) Screenings of an Eagles Of Death Metal documentary have been cancelled at a film festival in the Netherlands following last week's terror attacks in Paris.

The Redemption Of The Devil was due to debut at the International Documentary Film Festival, which runs in Amsterdam from November 18 to 29. The film follows the band on the lead-up to the release of latest album Zipper Down.

The BBC reports that the film was pulled as the timing felt inappropriate after the band's show at the Bataclan in the French capital last week was the scene of a deadly terror attack in which 89 people were killed as part of a wider operation which saw a total of 130 murdered in Paris. Extremist group IS claimed responsibility for the assault.

Meanwhile, EODM's cover of Duran Duran track Save A Prayer reached no.53 in the UK Singles Chart after fans launched a campaign to get it to number one. Organiser say that, despite not hitting their goal, they are thrilled with the international response.
A statement on the Eagles Of Death Metal For No.1 Facebook page reads: "No.1 in the Rock Chart in 11 countries, no.1 in the Worldwide Rock Chart, no.1 in Portugal Main Chart, no.1 in the Amazon UK Main Chart and no.53 in the actual chart we were originally trying for.

"But what a glorious failure, look what we achieved around the globe and not forgetting that all of the royalties proceeds will be donated by Duran Duran to a worthy and unifying cause. We weren't expecting other countries' fans to get involved so it's been a wonderful and welcome surprise. Here's to those who went out to have a good time in Paris and never came home." Read more here.

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Trivium Frontman Tried To Keep Black Metal Band Anonymous

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium frontman Matt Heafy says his black metal side-project Mrityu was meant to be a secret before the cat got out of the bag. Heafy is working with ex Emperor mainman Ihsahn on the project and says it will be "a dream come true" when the material sees the light of day.

He tells Revolver: "Mrityu was initially intended to be a black metal band that I was never going to tell anybody I was in. I was going to make the music, and it was going to be pretty true to the 90s second wave-style-black metal - sort of like Darkthrone, early Dimmu Borgir, early Emperor. But while Mrityu has its roots in black metal, it's become something so much more. It's not just black metal - it's anything I've ever wanted to try.

"Ihsahn from Emperor will be producing it, and he's co-written several songs with me. We'll also be recording it in Notodden, Norway, where all the Emperor records were done." Read more here.

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Bernie Marsden Leads Larry Miller Benefit Show Lineup

(The Blues Bernie Marsden will lead the lineup of a January benefit show for Larry Miller, who suffered a stroke in August. The benefit show takes place on January 15 at the Stables, Milton Keynes.

Miller's band will be joined by Mardsen, Del Bronham and others. It will focus on the music of those who provided Miller's main inspiration, including Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix and Gary Moore.

Veteran guitarist Miller was forced to cancel a European tour after he was left with a paralyzed right arm and robbed of the ability to walk. Since then he's made progress with the help of specialist - and he's vowed to play guitar again. Read more here.

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Horror Icon John Carpenter To Headline ATP's Release The Bats Fest

(Prog) Horror icon John Carpenter will headline next year's ATP Halloween event Release The Bats. The All Tomorrow's Parties-run event takes place at The Albert Hall, Manchester on October 29 and London's The Troxy on October 31, 2016 - with gig-goers invited to dress up for the occasion.

Director and screenwriter Carpenter will perform a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus new material at the shows.

Apart from his recent foray into commercial music Carpenter has directed and scored iconic films including 1978's Halloween, 1980's The Fog and 1983's Christine. Read more and see the event poster here.

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Mantra Vega Announce Debut Album The Illusion's Reckoning

(Prog) Mantra Vega, the project featuring former Mostly Autumn singer Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner, will release their debut album The Illusion's Reckoning on January 25.

It features guest appearances from Nightwish's Troy Donockley and Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, who plays the solo on the album's title track. Findlay says: "Having written and sung for this musical genius both in the past in Ayreon and working with him again recently for The Theater Equation, it made perfect sense to ask him to contribute a solo for the album, for which he has worked his usual spine chilling, other-worldly magic. We now have all mixes with only a few minor tweaks to go before completion."

The lineup is completed by guitarists Chris Johnson and Dave Kilminster, bassist Stu Fletcher, drummer Alex Cromarty, vocalists Irene Jansen and Angela Gordon and Remko de Landmeter on Bansuri. Check out a video here.

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Rhys Marsh Releasing Surprise Solo Album

(Prog) Rhys Marsh has announced a surprise solo album due for release on December 1. The Black Sun Shining will be issued via Autumnsongs Records and features a 42-minute song-cycle, in seven movements, which Marsh says is "intended to be listened to as one piece of music."

Marsh had the following to say, "I wasn't planning to make another album just yet, but I had a bit of time between projects in the studio and I came up with a few ideas.

"So I set up some microphones and spent seven days running back and forth, recording as I was writing. It was a lot of fun, and I quite often began with the rhythms, rather than chords, which is something I haven't tried before." Read more here.

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