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Day in Rock Report for 11/27/2015



David Lee Roth Band Reunion Show Shut Down

A fire marshal forced the cancelation of a free reunion show of David Lee Roth's "Eat 'Em Smile" era solo band lineup on Wednesday night (November 25th) in Hollywood when too many fans showed up at the venue.

The event was staged to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group which featured with guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Greg Bissonette and was to be part of Lucky Strike Live Hollywood/Highland's Ultimate Jam Night.

BraveWords has posted a report about the cancelation which includes video of David Lee Roth interacting with fans as he was leaving the venue. "I apologize about this evening", the Van Halen frontman says in the video (see it here.).

"Looks like we were too popular. There were too many folks, so we're going to try and find a place that has… should we go to the Hollywood Palladium maybe?"

The announced lineup for the special reunion featured guest vocalist Ralph Saenz (a.k.a. Michael Starr of Steel Panther) and did not include Roth but the report indicates that he was to make an unannounced appearance at the event.

hennemusic has further details about how events unfolded: Following an opening set by John 5 and The Creatures and a host of other players, according to California Rock News, the planned headline performance was cancelled by authorities.

Sheehan updated fans on Twitter as events unfolded throughout the evening, part of the club's free weekly "Ultimate Jam Night" series. "There's already a line to get into Lucky Strike tonight, so get there quickly if you want to get in!," posted the bassist early on. "Utter chaos at Lucky Strike live!!

"Well well well. The fire department shut down the whole show before we got on stage. And did we ever have a surprise for you! Such is life."

The surprise was an unannounced appearance by Roth, who was to join his former bandmates for the show. Saenz posted a photo of himself with the Van Halen frontman backstage, writing "Look who showed up for the reunion! Guess I'm singing back ups. Lol." Read more and see the tweets and watch the video here.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell Hospitalized

(Classic Rock) Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has been taken to hospital, forcing the band to cancel their Berlin show which was due to take place tonight (November 27).

No details of his condition have been made public, but the band issued a short statement to confirm the news. It reads: "With great regret, Motorhead have to cancel the sold-out show in Berlin today.

"Our brother, guitarist Phil Campbell, suddenly required hospitalisation. He will be better soon but there is no choice other than to cancel our show in Berlin. We all wish Phil a speedy recovery." Read more here.

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The Word Alive Frontman Telle Smith Breaks Back Stagediving

(TeamRock Radio) The Word Alive frontman Telle Smith is recovering after suffering multiple injuries in a stagediving incident during a recent show in Pomona, California.

The November 14 stop on the Apollo X tour - featuring co-headliners The Devil Wears Prada and Motionless In White - saw Smith leap into the crowd at the city's Fox Theater. And the singer shared the first news of the injury on Twitter after the concert.

He says: "Never hurt myself at a show worse than I did tonight, but it was worth it for you Pomona! Love our fans!" He revealed the full extent of the damage a few days later in an Instagram update.

Smith says: "I had heard stories of injuries from stage diving, but you never think it will happen to you until it does. I have a broken rib, a fractured rib and broke transverse process which is one of the protruding bones near the bottom of my spine.

"Honestly the pain is pretty bad but knowing I could have hurt someone else like this sort of numbs that from a psychological standpoint. I think in the future I will just stick to going hard on stage not off it." Read more here.

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Final Black Sabbath Album Plans Shot Down By Geezer

(Classic Rock) Geezer Butler is behind Black Sabbath's decision to abandon plans for a farewell album, says Tony Iommi. But the guitarist can see the bassist's point - even if he doesn't agree with it.

And he's suggested recording sessions could take place after the icons have wrapped up their final world tour, which includes a headline appearance at next year's Download festival.

Sabbath had originally intended to record a follow-up to 2013's chart-topping 13 to tie in with the farewell road trip, but frontman Ozzy Osbourne revealed last month that it wasn't going to happen.

Iommi tells Q: "I've got so many riffs. I wrote a whole load of stuff for another album and we met up in LA. But the others - well, Geezer - didn't particularly want to do another album. Then again, after you've just had a number one album, where do you go from there?"

He's previously reported that Sabbath could still use the five tracks recorded but not used for 13. "We may still put something out from that," he says. "We don't know yet." Read more here.

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Bring Me the Horizon Top Active Rock Chart With Throne

(Gibson) Bring Me the Horizon have a major hit in "Throne." The song - which is off the band's latest full-length album, That's the Spirit - has hit the No. 1 spot on the active rock radio chart, knocking Breaking Benjamin's "Angels Fall" off the top position. It's the U.K. band's first No. 1 song at active rock radio.

The "Throne" showing follows up Bring Me the Horizon's success with That's the Spirit, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. That was a career-high for the guys.

Bring Me the Horizon lead guitarist Lee Malia is a Gibson and Epiphone player. His Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia Signature Les Paul Custom is heard all over That's the Spirit.

"I used my signature for everything; the whole CD," he told Gibson.com. "All the main sounds and everything is my Epiphone, and it sounds great, and that's why I use it." Read more here.

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Paris Music Venues Seek Government Bailout In Wake Of Attacks

(Classic Rock) The union representing live venues across Paris have asked the French government for further financial aid to keep the industry afloat. Prodiss, the National Union Of Producers, Distributors And Theatres, report that ticket sales have slumped by 80% in the city compared to the same period in 2014 due to the terror attacks on November 13 which left 130 people dead.

They're now seeking €50 million in emergency aid to stop many venues from going under. And while France's culture minister Fleur Pellerin has previously set aside €4m to help the industry, the union insist it's not enough.

They say in a statement: "The implementation of this emergency fund is essential. Our 340 companies are composed mainly of small structures, having virtually no assets, and are extremely fragile.

"The mattress to absorb a crisis does not exist. That is why it's necessary to reassure the profession by increasing the amount and define the scope of this emergency fund. This amount will cover the additional resources deployed to secure facilities, but also to deal with the decline of ticket sales as observed on this first week." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Guitarist Explains Band's Cover Tunes

(Classic Rock) Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand says the band have learned to be patient with frontman Corey Taylor, who's often busy with Slipknot. His schedule means their own album plans have to take a back seat - although they recently found time to create covers EP Straight Outta Burbank.

Rand tells MusicRadar: "The reality is this. Corey has obligations in Slipknot. We are working on new material, but right now there's no timeline because we couldn't realistically support putting a record out."

The second of three EPs - on sale today in limited-edition vinyl - includes tributes to Iron Maiden, Slayer, the Rolling Stones, Motley Crue and Bad Brains.

Rand continues: "We live all over the US, really spread out - there's no city we all call home. So why not jam and do a few covers? Everyone needs to understand these covers are for ourselves. We want to get people into the bands that influenced us, almost take a step back to before Stone Sour." Read more here.

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Steve Smith Talks Reunion With Journey

(Classic Rock) Returned Journey drummer Steve Smith is planning to remain with the band for two years, he's said. He was confirmed this week as replacement for Deen Castronovo, who was fired after a drug-fuelled domestic violence incident resulted in a four-year probation sentence.

Smith's third stint with the band - and his first appearance with them since 1998 - will commence with their North American tour in May next year. He says: "I've enjoyed working with Journey guitarist Neal Schon for many years, and playing on his solo albums, including The Calling and his latest release Vortex.

"Over the years he has mentioned that he'd like to have me tour with Journey again. The invitation has always been appreciated - but with my busy schedule always being booked at least a year in advance, the timing was never right.

"Some changes within the band have once again brought me the invitation to tour and this time we were able to plan in advance and work a Journey tour into my schedule." Read more here.

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Black Star Riders Star Reveals Band's Pre-Concert Rituals

(Classic Rock) Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson is sharing the band's pre-show rituals ahead of a UK tour next month. Currently on the road playing shows across Europe in support of second album The Killer Instinct, the guitarist gives fans a sneak peek of what happens before they hit the stage.

Johnson says: "We have a couple of rituals. We definitely like to raise a toast before we leave the dressing room. We're pretty tight as a group of friends, so generally right before we go up the stairs to hit the stage we'll all hug each other and say, 'hey man, have a great show.'

"It's just a moment to express some gratitude that we're getting to do this, we've come this far and we're doing all right. It's good to be in a band with guys that you enjoy their company and being around as much as we are."

Black Star Riders will join Def Leppard and Whitesnake for a 10-date UK tour next month and will perform two headline shows of their own - December 11 at London's Shepherds Bush Empire and December 17 at The Wulfrun in Wolverhampton. Read more here.

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Compressorhead Crowdfunding Lead Singer Construction

(Classic Rock) Robotic instrumental trio Compressorhead have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help construct a lead singer. The metal outfit currently consists of four-armed drummer Stickboy, guitarist Fingers, who boasts 78 digits, and fast-playing bassist Bones.

But the men behind the rocking robots now need a vocalist to complete the band - with the aim of recording a free-to-download 14-track album. They say: "We are building the lead vocalist to be the frontman of the band. It's got to perform like no other machine - it's got to have the moves, the looks and it's got to keep the show pumping.

"We want to produce an album so good you won't believe it's Robots performing. The next step of the challenge is to build the vocalist. We know we can do this with you on our side." Read more and check out a video here.

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Phil Anselmo's Illegals Guitarist Found Out About Firing Online

(TeamRock Radio) Former Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals guitarist Marzi Montazeri says he found out he was no longer in the band "through the internet." Anselmo revealed in October that Montazeri had been replaced by Mike DeLeon and added that his intention was always to help launch Montazeri's career and allow him to work on projects in which he is the "focal point."

Now Montazeri says he hasn't spoken to any of the Illegals since finding out online that he had been replaced. He tells Do You Know Jack?: "I haven't spoken to any of them, and I found out through the internet that I wasn't in the band. But we're gonna leave it at that. I wish them the best. And I'm doing my thing, and there's no hard feelings, period. And if anything, I appreciate the fact that Philip gave me a chance so that the rest of the world could know who I am."

Montazeri appeared on the Illegals debut album Walk Through Exits Only, released in 2013. He is currently working with his own band, Heavy As Texas. Stream the full interview here.

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The Ghost Inside Tour Bus Crash Benefit Announced

(TeamRock Radio) Epitaph Records and southern California music venue Chain Reaction have teamed up and will hold a fundraising event this coming weekend in aid of The Ghost Inside.

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. Their condition is said to be improving.

The label say on Instagram: "This Saturday, come on down to Chain Reaction in Anaheim for The Ghost Inside charity pop-up shop. All proceeds will benefit everyone involved in the recent accident. We'll have plenty of merch from your favorite Epitaph bands, so spread some love and we'll see you there." See the full post here.

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The King Blues Reunite and Announce Tour With Enter Shikari

(TeamRock Radio) The King Blues have announced that they've reunited. They split in 2012, stating they had taken things as far as they could go. But Jonny 'Itch' Fox, Jamie Jazz and Mike 'Fruitbag' Payne are back and will support Enter Shikari on their The Mindsweep UK tour in February.

Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds says: "The King Blues are such an important British band. With music influenced by many different genres and cultures, and lyrics that represent and reinforce the people. Its great to have them back.

"We had a blast when we toured together a few years back, so can't wait to go off gallivanting around the country with them again." The Wonder Years will also play on the tour. See the dates here.

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Children Of Bodom Cancel Brussels Show Due To Terror Threat Level

(TeamRock Radio) Children Of Bodom have cancelled their November 29 show in Brussels due to the severity of the terror threat level in the city. The Belgian capital has been in a security lockdown since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, with authorities fearing a similar incident could happen in the city as several of the attackers were based in Brussels.

As a result, Children Of Bodom have been forced to call off their planned Sunday night show at the city's Ancienne Belgique venue. The group say in a statement: "You should know the venue did try everything to keep this show, including requesting extra security from the city, but that wasn't possible. We are grateful to them for trying.

"We are looking to try to get another show nearby and will let you know as soon as we have something, but you should refund your tickets to this show." Read more here.

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Jimmy Page's Daughter Scarlet Opens Guitar Icons Exhibition

(Classic Rock) Scarlet Page, the daughter of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, has opened an exhibition of guitar icons in London. The collection entitled Resonators features portraits photographer Page has taken of musicians including Paul McCartney, Slash, Jeff Beck, Albert Lee, Brian May, Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler, Wilko Johnson, Jack White, Joe Walsh and Justin Hawkins - and of her father.

She tells the BBC: "They were mostly shot at their homes or in their private spaces and I think somehow that comes across. By giving these guitarists a guitar to hold immediately dropped their defenses because they had something to do. It was about exploring that relationship between me and them and the thing that they love.

"I didn't have any fixed ideas - I just turned up at the place where we'd arranged to meet and then something evolved which is the way I like to do things." Read more here.

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Tony MacAlpine 'Man In A Metal Cage' Live Video Released

(Prog) EMGTV have released a video of Tony MacAlpine performing his track Man In A Metal Cage. It features on his 12th solo album Concrete Gardens, released in April this year via Sun Dog Records.

He's joined onstage by drummer Aquiles Priester, bassist Pete Griffin and guitarist Nili Brosh. A benefit concert for MacAlpine, who's battling colon cancer, has been scheduled for December 12 at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles.

It'll feature performances from artists including Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, John 5 and Zakk Wylde. An auction will take place on the night, with items from Vai, 5, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens and Joe Satriani up for grabs. Watch the video here.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Extensive Reissue Campaign Planned By BMG

(Prog) Emerson, Lake & Palmer have signed over their back catalogue to BMG. This includes the rights to 17 of the supergroup's albums. As a result, BMG are planning to launch an extensive reissue campaign.

The new deal brings together contracts previously split between North America and Europe, with BMG now holding rights for the world, excluding South East Asia.

Also included in the deal are master tapes, demos, alternative versions, radio sessions, videos, rare photos, memorabilia and bootlegs. ELP manager Stewart Young says: "ELP and myself are looking forward to the opportunity of working with BMG. BMG shares our belief that these works should be treated with the upmost respect, with reissues which offer the kind of quality that our fans deserve." Read more here.

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Sky Release 1983 Performance Video of 'Troika'

(Prog) A video of Sky's performance of Troika from 1983 has been released. The track features on their EP of the same name, which is set to be released on December 4.

The live clip was filmed for UK BBC TV programme The Val Doonican Christmas Show, and features on the CD/DVD reissue of the band's Cadmium album, which was released earlier this year.

Prior to the Troika EP launch, a 2CD collection entitled Toccata will be issued on Friday (November 27). It features the best of guitarists John Williams and Kevin Peek, keyboardists Steve Gray and Francis Monkman, bassist Herbie Flowers and percussionist Tristan Fry. Watch the video here.

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Ghost Announce One-Off Show In London

(Classic Rock) Ghost have announced they'll play a one-off show at the London Palladium on March 2, 2016. They're currently on tour across Europe, and return to the UK next month for eight gigs in support of latest album Meliora.

The mysterious group will be hitting the road for more European tour dates in early 2016 - and the newly announced Palladium show will be their only stop in the UK.

The night is described as "the perfect opportunity to present a one-of-a-kind experience fully exploring the music, the visuals and the core elements they stand for." Read more here.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Originally Wanted To Be Black Sabbath

(TeamRock Radio) Corrosion Of Conformity guitarist Woody Weatherman says he wanted the band to be Black Sabbath when they were starting out. But he says they played too fast to be compared to the metal icons.

He tells Metal Underground: "We were a bunch of hardcore kids. We loved Sabbath, Maiden, Scorpions, all that kind of sh*t, but we also loved Flag, Bad Brains.

"We were striving to be Black Sabbath, but we played everything 10 times faster. That was our gig back then. That was our thing." Pepper Keenan says their track Rednekkk which featured on their 1984 debut album Eye For An Eye was directly inspired by Ozzy Osbourne and co. Read more here.

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Bring Me The Horizon Release Tour Diary Video

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon have released a tour diary video, shot in the US last month. It's the first in a series that promises to offer viewers a unique look at life on the road with Oli Sykes and co as they promote fifth album That's The Spirit.

In the clip BMTH discuss the changes they've seen in a decade of touring, and drummer Matt Nicholls says: "We're in a positive frame of mind these days."

The band this week donated $10,000 to a crowdfunding campaign set up to help The Ghost Inside after they were involved in a fatal tour bus crash. Their current UK tour continues until November 30, then they continue to Europe. Watch the video here.

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Fall Out Boy Want To Score A Movie

(TeamRock Radio) Fall Out Boy say they'd love to record a film soundtrack at some point in the future. They wrote and recorded the track Immortals for the Disney movie Big Hero 6 in 2014 - and it's that collaboration that's whetted their appetite for similar work in the future.

Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete Wentz tells Billboard: "Big Hero 6 worked because this one specific thing worked in our world, so we'll see if any of that works."

And when asked if it's a direction they'd like to pursue, frontman Patrick Stump adds: "Oh yeah. We'd love that. Please, Disney, let us score a movie." Read more here.

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Panic! At The Disco Lead Slam Dunk Festival Lineup

(TeamRock Radio) Panic! At The Disco are the first headliners to be announced for next year's Slam Dunk Festival. Of Mice And Men, New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, Every Time I Die, Issues, Memphis May Fire and Real Friends have also been confirmed as part of the lineup.

In the year the UK show celebrates its 10th anniversary, its Midlands leg will move to the Birmingham NEC. Slam Dunk founder and director, Ben Ray, says:

"I had no idea back then what I thought would be a one-off event would still be going now, let alone continue to grow to the size it has become." Read more here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Classic Gets String Quartet Makeover

(TeamRock Radio) A New York-based string quartet have released their take on Dillinger Escape Plan's 43% Burnt. The track, which originally appeared on the band's 1999 debut album Calculating Infinity, was recorded by viola player Earl Maneein and his orchestral outfit seven)suns.

He's joined in the group by cellist Jennifer DeVore, and violinists Amanda Lo and Andie Tanning Springer. Maneein says: "This was our first run through of Dillinger Escape Plan's 43% Burnt. Note the pink balloons. Now that sh*t is hardcore."

Relapse Records and Party Smasher Inc have just released the first three Dillinger albums on vinyl: Calculating Infinity, Miss Machine and Ire Works. The band are currently working on their sixth album. Check out the cover here.

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