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Day in Rock Report for 11/26/2015



Megadeth Stream New Song The Threat Is Real

(hennemusic) Megadeth have released a stream of the track "The Threat Is Real", as a preview to their forthcoming album "Dystopia." The band are issuing a special limited edition 12'' vinyl single of the song this week as part fo Record Store Day's Black Friday event.

The special release will feature a cover of Fear's "Foreign Policy" as its b-side, which will be unavailable on any other format until its official release on "Dystopia."

The 12'' will be available at all participating physical and online retailers on November 27 while "The Threat Is Real" will be available digitally. The tune follows the new project's lead single, "Fatal Illusion", as the second track issued ahead of its January 22 release.

Megadeth recorded their 15th album in Nashville, TN earlier this year. Check out the stream here.

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Black Sabbath May Release Extra Songs From 13 Sessions

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says that the band may eventually release unused tracks from the studio session from their 2013 chart topping reunion album "13."

"I've got so many riffs," Iommi tells Q magazine. "I wrote a whole load of stuff for another album and we met up in L.A. but the others... well, Geezer didn't particularly want to do another album. Then again, after you've just had a No. 1 album, where do you go from there?

"For the last LP we did record 16 songs (and only used 12), so we may still put something out from that. We don't know yet." Iommi and Black Sabbath will launch their 2016 farewell tour on January 20 in Omaha, NE before dates in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and a return to North America.

Billed as "The End", the trek marks the group's final series of live shows after a five-decade career. "Do I intend to stop playing? No," says Iommi. "It's the touring really. I'd love to do something with the guys. But, whatever happens, I will do something." Watch the full interview here.

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Sammy Hagar and The Circle Releasing DVD and 2 CD Set

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar and The Circle will release their first live DVD, "At Your Service", on December 18. Also available as a 2CD set, Hagar's latest supergroup project sees him teamed with bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson and performing tunes by Hagar, Van Halen, Montrose and Led Zeppelin.

Recorded live during the band's first North American tour, 2014's A Journey Through The History of Rock, the package is rounded out with exclusive interviews and extras.

"At Your Service" will be available as a Black Friday package on November 27 via Hagar's website. Last month, Hagar and Johnson performed the Van Halen classic "Right Now" during a special halftime performance at the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Check out more details for the new release along with the trailer here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Want to Be First Band To Play Paris Venue Reopen

(Classic Rock) Eagles Of Death Metal have vowed to return to Paris and be the first to play the city's Bataclan venue once it's reopened. Their show in the French capital on November 13 was at the centre of a string of coordinated terror attacks across the city, which left a total of 130 people dead - 89 of which lost their lives at the band's gig.

And in an emotional interview with Vice, where the band go into harrowing detail about the events of that night, they say they'll return to Paris as soon as they possibly can.

Frontman Jesse Hughes says: "I cannot wait to get back to Paris - I cannot wait to play. I want to be the first band to play at the Bataclan when it opens back up.

"I was there when it went silent for a minute. Our friends went there to see rock'n'roll and died. I'm gonna go back there and live." Read more here.

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Geddy Lee Optimistic About Rush's Future

(Classic Rock) Rush frontman Geddy Lee is remaining optimistic about the band's future - even though he admits they've not been able to agree on the subject yet. The band undertook what's thought to have been their final large-scale tour earlier this year, and haven't reached a decision on what - if anything - is to come after it.

Lee tells SiriusXM: "It's always emotional. At this point, we're not able to agree on doing more tours. It doesn't look possible. But I would say that, being an optimist and a patient person, I hope that will change. We've talked about more music as Rush. There are other ways of presenting our music to the public. But we haven't discussed it since the end of the tour."

Guitarist Alex Lifeson suggested earlier this year that physical issues were affecting his opinions on the future. Now he says: "I felt very healthy, after some issues over the last few tours. I loved playing every night and I loved playing every note of every one of those songs. I still have some in me that I would like to do." Read more here.

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Corey Taylor Covers Radiohead's 'Creep' With Japanese Band SiM

(Radio.com) Slipknot's Corey Taylor joined the Japanese band SiM (Silence is Mine) for a cover of Radiohead's classic 1993 track "Creep" while performing at Ozzfest in Japan this past Saturday (November 21).

Taylor shared lead vocal duties on the song with SiM's singer, Mah, going back and forth until the chorus where both belt out Thom Yorke's famous lyrics together.

Taylor was performing at the massive two-day Ozzfest Japan as a solo artist. Taylor is no stranger to covers, as Loudwire points out. His band Stone Sour is set to release an EP titled Straight Outta Burbank comprised of all cover tunes. The record, which hits stores this Saturday, contains covers of Bad Brains' "Sailin' On," the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter", Motley Crue's "Too Fast for Love" and Slayer's "Season in the Abyss."

Part of the band's "Burbank" cover sessions, the disc is one of three cover EPs recorded at the drummer's home in the Los Angeles suburb. The first, …Meanwhile in Burbank was released back in April for Record Store Day and features covers of classic tracks from Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica, KISS and Alice in Chains. Watch the fan footage of the Radiohead cover here.

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Lamb Of God Expand North American Tour With Anthrax

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God have added two further dates to their 2016 US tour with Anthrax - and announced extra support acts. Deafheaven and Power Trip will join the North American jaunt, which kicks off in Pittsburgh on January 15 and now includes a gig in Nashville on January 20 and a show in Sayreville, New Jersey, on January 26.

LOG say: We're happy to announce that Deafheaven and Power Trip will be joining us on our upcoming US tour with Anthrax this January and February. Tickets are available now."

This week, LOG frontman Randy Blythe explained the band's decision to cancel all of their European tour dates in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. See the upcoming tour dates here.

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John Frusciante Giving Away Music Collections Online

(Prog) Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has released a raft of free music online. He has launched Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages under the banner JF Directly From JF and made six collections of his work available to stream and download for free.

Explaining his decision in a post on his blog, he says: "I have put up a 19-minute group of six songs recorded on four-track cassette in May 2010, the instrumentation being three guitars and one drum machine.

"I have also uploaded a 37-minute collection of tunes made between 2009 and 2011 which were all recorded in my main studio during various stages of its development.

"Furthermore, you will find in these places the full 20-minute version of Sect In Sgt, my all-sample piece, in its entirety. In addition, there is an interpretation of the song Fight For Love from the movie Casa De Mi Padre, recorded one sunny afternoon in November 2013 by Omar Rodriguez and myself, plus Medre, a track recorded in 2008, and a vocal and guitar only version of the song Zone, from my album Enclosure." Read more here.

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Shrugs Off Popularity Polls

(Classic Rock) Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says he doesn't pay attention to his elevated status in popularity polls as he's just a "shy, nerdy kid" at heart who stumbled across something he was good at.

And he says his early experiences in life mean he's content with putting this trust in his own abilities. He tells Metal Sucks: "I just try and be the best guitar player I can, the best band member that I can possibly be. Stuff like polls, it doesn't really make that much difference to me. It seems like a popularity contest to me.

"Ever since I was a kid, I've always been really good at losing popularity contests. So to all of a sudden start winning these contests as an adult, I kind of know better.

"I'm like the classic case of a shy, nerdy kid who just wanted to play guitar and just found that he could do something really well. And I just took it." Read more here.

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Scout Acord Announces Departure From Issues

(TeamRock Radio) Tyler 'Scout' Acord has confirmed he's permanently parted ways with Issues. The keyboard player and DJ announced earlier this year that he was taking a break from touring with the band to concentrate on his work as a producer.

He said at the time he'd still work in the studio with Issues, and in a new statement he insists that is still the case. He says: "After much thought and discussion, I regret to inform you that I am officially parting ways with the band as of now. To some this may come a shock, to others, you may have seen this coming from miles away."

Acord – who is also a drummer – adds that he was never keen on joining the band in the first place and that his heart was never in it. He says: "The problem with doing something that your heart isn't fully committed to though, is it wears off real quick. I started to become envious of every other band member living out their dreams playing what they were passionate about, getting better at their craft, all the while I was showing up for work every day.

"It got to the point where my least favourite part of the day was getting on stage, which is pretty ass backwards to the point of playing music for a living." Read more here.

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Plain White T's Release American Nights Video

(TeamRock Radio) Plain White T's have released a video for their track American Nights. It's the title track from the Chicago band's latest album, released earlier this year via Megaforce Records.

The promo – directed by Pete Jones and Rick Wayne – features a pint-sized version of the band rocking out in a classroom, with actual members of Plain White T's making cameo appearances.

The band say: "We are so excited about this video and cannot wait for you all to see it." Plain White T's play at Slims in San Francisco, CA, on November 27 and at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA, the following night. Watch the video here.

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Billy Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes On Supersonic Blues Machine

(Classic Rock) Billy Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte have been named as the guests who appear on the debut album by supergroup Supersonic Blues Machine.

The outfit was formed by bassist and vocalist Fabrizio Grossi, guitarist Lance Lopez with drummer Kenny Aronoff, and they'll launch West Of Flushing South Of Frisco on February 26 via Mascot Label Group.

Grossi says: "The blues is what makes me tick. It's the main ingredient of any successful musical recipe. You'll feel B.B. King's presence on stage - even though we might be wearing space suits."

The band aim to tour North America and Europe. "It was important for us to do this with people who can eventually join us live on stage when we tour," says Grossi. "Every night will see different guests appearing. It will be like The Who's Magic Bus tour." Check out a trailer and grab song download link here.

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The Temperance Movement Release Video For Blur Cover

(Classic Rock) The Temperance Movement have released a video for their cover of Blur track Tender. It was recorded at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios when the band decided to pay tribute to a musical movement that influence them during their formative years.

Drummer Damon Wilson says: "Britpop was possibly England's last great music revolution. We wanted to celebrate those heady days when guitar music ruled the waves and people were excited around the world by British music. With a nod to The Beatles, we decided Abbey Road Studios would be the perfect destination.

"Tender is something of a rarity for Blur, with its echoes of American gospel. It resonated with our love of soul and roots music." The Temperance Movement are currently touring Europe and return to the UK in January. They'll launch second album White Bear on January 15. Watch the video here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow A Dream Come True To David Keith

(Classic Rock) Ritchie Blackmore's new Rainbow band drummer David Keith says that he has always hoped to get the chance to play rock music with the Deep Purple guitar icon.

Blackmore has lined up three rock shows for next year, during which he will play hits from his career with Rainbow and Deep Purple. Keith is joined in the lineup for the shows by bassist Bob Nouveau, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson and Lords Of Black vocalist Ronnie Romero.

Keith works with Blackmore in his folk project Blackmore's Night and he says he's thrilled to be part of his return to rock. Keith tells Deep Purple Italia: "There is a section of the Blackmore's Night live show where Ritchie puts on the Strat for a few songs, and we crank up the rock'n'roll. The energy on stage is amazing, and I often found myself thinking, 'Man, I wonder if he's considering doing some rock shows, because this is f***ing fantastic.'

"I guess you could consider the last few years with Blackmore's Night my audition. Ritchie approached me one night recently after a show, and casually mentioned that he was thinking of doing some rock shows, and that he'd like me to play them if I was interested. I was in shock. I thought, 'He's really going to do this, and I get to be a part of it.' Unbelievable." Read more here.

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Rush Release Lakeside Park And Anthem Live Video

(hennemusic) Rush have released video footage includes their live performance of their classic 1975 track, "Lakeside Park", from their newly-released set "R40 Live."

The tune was the second single from the band's third album, "Caress Of Steel", and is paired in the concert footage with "Anthem", the opening track on 1975's "Fly By Night", which marked the recording debut of drummer Neil Peart in the lineup.

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

Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after the group's 40th anniversary box set, "R40." Watch the video here.

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The Quireboys To Headline HRH AOR On The Road Tour

(Classic Rock) The Quireboys have been announced as headliners of the inaugural HRH AOR On The Road tour, which will take place in March next year. The dates have been scheduled around their headline slot at the TeamRock-sponsored HRH AOR festival, Hafan Y Mor, North Wales on March 10 and will feature sets by Faster Pussycat, Bonafide, The Texas Flood, SKAM and Thirteen Stars. They'll also head out for further shows around the UK and Ireland.

Frontman Spike says: "It will be more than 18 months since we played so many full electric shows across the UK and it's time we treated the fans to a big old party.

"We'll be rolling out an all-new set featuring our favourite songs from the last four records, all the classics and some tunes that have never been played live. Let's see how that works out."

HRH's Jonni Davis adds: "We've been planning quite a few of these high value packages under the HRH banner to tour various countries for some time. This will be the first of many which have been requested by the HRH family and are now out there for everyone to enjoy. Getting Spike and the lads to headline the first one just made it even more special." See the dates here.

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Henry Rollins Has 'Muscly Beast' Fossil Named In His Honor

(Classic Rock) Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins has had a fossil named in his honor by a PhD student from the University Of Bristol And The Natural History Museum.

Luke Parry tagged the fireworm - a marine relative of earthworms and leeches - Rollinschaeta myoplena in honor of the former Black Flag frontman as the organism was a "muscly beast."

Parry tells Phys.org: "Fossil muscle tissue is rare and usually not described in any detail by paleontologists, but our discovery highlights that soft tissues preserved in fossils can offer details approaching what we can observe in living organisms.

"When choosing a name for our muscly beast, we decided to honor Henry Rollins, the legendary, muscular frontman of LA punk band Black Flag." Read more here.

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Gus G Releases What Lies Below Video Featuring Amaranthe's Elize Ryd

(Classic Rock) Gus G has released a video for his track What Lies Below, featuring Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd. The song is taken from the Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist's second solo album Brand New Revolution, released earlier this year. The promo is directed by Patric Ullaeus.

Meanwhile, Henning Basse has been confirmed as Firewind's new frontman. Firewind say: "Some of you might know him from his work in Metalium, others might have also seen him on stage with us. Henning is no stranger to Firewind fans as he toured the world with us back in 2007.

"Since last year he started playing some shows with Gus G's solo band and he delivered amazing performances, stunning the crowds all over Europe. Henning is an amazing frontman and a personality that totally fits with what Firewind is all about." Watch the video here.

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Rhys Marsh Streaming New Song Wondering Stars

(Prog) Rhys Marsh has premiered the lyric video for his track Wondering Stars via Prog. It features on his latest solo album The Black Sun Shining, which features a 42-minute song-cycle, in seven movements.

Marsh says: "The entire album was written and recorded in only seven days, and as with my previous album Sentiment, I played all of the instruments in my Trondheim recording studio.

"As always, I used the studio as organically as possible. I don't rely on the computer - I record complete live takes, and try to capture a feel that brings out the emotion of the song. To me, that's much more important than fixing every note and polishing the soul out of the music."

On the video, Marsh adds: "The photos used in the video were taken as I was walking to the studio one morning. Little did I know that I was about to start the writing and recording that day, so these photos were in fact the very first part of the process."

The album is released on December 1 via Autumnsongs Records and will only be available on CD. Check out the new song here.

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Blues Historian Mack McCormick Dead At 85

(The Blues Mack McCormick, lifelong student of Texas blues who preserved hundreds of artists' work and history, has died at the age of 85. He passed away at home in Houston after a battle against cancer of the esophagus.

McCormick was responsible for discovering and protecting material by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly and many others, and he's credited with giving Lightnin' Hopkins' career a new lease of life.

He started out as an archivist of popular culture in Ohio, before being hired in 1946 to research the last two volumes of a jazz compilation. That led to a fascination with the blues, and the building of an archive collected from nearly 1000 counties.

During his career he researched a biography of Robert Johnson, and worked on an encyclopedia of Texas blues, neither of which were completed. He also wrote a number of album liner notes and lent his experience to the Smithsonian Institute. Read more here.

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Jack J Hutchison Forthcoming Unplugged EP Streaming Online

(The Blues Jack J Hutchison will release an acoustic EP next month. Unplugged Featuring Tom Brundage is out on December 14 in digital formats and limited-edition CD. It includes previously unreleased Hutchinson originals Boom! and Locomotive Blues, plus covers of BB King, Magic Sam and Jimmy Reed. Renowned blues man Brundage is on harmonica.

Hutchinson says: "I've played around 70 shows this year, many of them with Mr Brundage. Certain songs became staples of our blues duo shows and the idea was to recreate that feel.

"We set up a few microphones in the studio and just started playing. It's all live with no amps or fancy technology. Warts and all - just as acoustic blues should be."

The EP can be streamed here.

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Martin Barre Will Never Abandon Jethro Tull's Music

(Classic Rock) Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre says he'll never turn his back on the band's music. He's on tour in the US at the moment supporting his latest album Back To Steel.

And while he says the material he recorded with Ian Anderson will always feature in his set, he ultimately wants his solo material to take centre stage. Barre tells Paste: "Jethro Tull's music will always be a part of my work - but I hope it becomes about 40% instead of 60%.

"I will never turn my back on it, though. I'm not so stupid that I don't know that people come to hear me play so they can hear Tull. But a lot of that music is in me anyway. That's not far from home. It will always be there."

And while he'll always be associated with Tull, Barre stresses the importance of his band having their own identity. Read more here.

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