Day in Rock Report for 10/06/2015

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Loses Home Arrest Appeal

(Classic Rock) Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has lost the appeal against his home arrest sentence for making death threats and drugs possession. And the ruling judge has decided that there's no evidence the confinement order has affected his career - because it's not certain the Aussie giants wanted him to remain a part of the band when he committed his crimes.

Rudd, 61, was ordered to serve eight months of home detention in July, following his arrest last year. He was also told to pay $120,000 in reparation to his victims and he's continuing a rehab program for addiction to methamphetamine.

The drama led to AC/DC bringing back Chris Slade - although Rudd vowed in August that he'd get his job back. Lawyer Craig Tuck argued in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court that the sentence was "manifestly excessive" and that his client should have been dismissed without conviction.

But Justice Raynor Asher disagreed. And he countered the suggestion that conviction affected his job by saying: "Mr Rudd may practice as a musician in session work, and in concerts in New Zealand and other countries." Read more here.

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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Mocks Jon Bon Jovi and Bono

(Radio.com) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth poked fun at Jon Bon Jovi and U2 singer Bono during the band's performance at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. Radio.com had the details:

During the breakdown of 'Dance the Night Away," Roth gave the audience a dance lesson, in case they planned on dressing up like him for Halloween, which he assumed many of them would be.

Eventually the topic turns to the "white boys". 'Bon Jovi has made a career of what we call the half-Jesus," said Roth, demonstrating the move 'and if you really mean it, you do a fist."

Later in the clip Roth addresses the full-Jesus. "You're wondering, 'half-Jesus?' [It] compels the question, 'What about the double-Jesus, Dave?' Bono, right? Nobody does the double-Jesus better than Bono. And he puts his hands in as he embraces the world." Watch the NSFW clip here.

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Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead and Co Announce Free Show

(Radio.com) Dead and Co., which features Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with John Mayer, Allman Brothers Band's Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, have announced a free concert next month.

Radio.com reports: They've announced that they are doing a free concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on November 7. The band announced the show on their website, where a link leads to a page on American Express's website, with a message that reads:

"After selling out two shows at Madison Square Garden, Dead & Company has teamed up with American Express to add a 3rd FREE show to the tour! To thank all the fans out there for the ongoing support, any member of the general public can enter for a chance to win two tickets to see the band at MSG on November 7!" Read more here.

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Slipknot Release XIX Music Video

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot has released an online stream of their new music video for the song XIX, which is track that comes off of the group's latest studio album ".5: The Gray Chapter."

The band also announced four UK arena dates for 2016. Corey Taylor and co will perform in Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Leeds The frontman had the following to say about the trek:

"Any time we get the chance to come over to the UK, it's awesome. Hopefully the fans have as much fun as we do. We'll be putting together a great set for them, and as we fill out the bill with bands, we hope the excitement gets even bigger." See the dates and watch the new video here.

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Alter Bridge Make New Album Plans

(Classic Rock) Alter Bridge plan to record their fifth album early next year, guitarist Mark Tremonti revealed during an interview with the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio.

The new album work will kick off what will be a very busy 2016 for the guitar hero. Tremonti is on the road with his self-titled solo band, but will spend the early part of next year in the studio with Myles Kennedy and co. He will then release the third Tremonti record Dust - which was recorded at the same time as current offering Cauterize - and then hit the road in support of that, before reconvening with Alter Bridge to tour what will be the follow-up to 2013's Fortress.

Tremont tells the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio: "We're gonna go in the studio in January, February and March to finish the fifth Alter Bridge album.

"It takes three or four months to set up an album, so after we've recorded the Alter Bridge record me and Myles will go off and tour for four months doing Tremonti and Slash, then come back for a fall Alter Bridge fiesta."

As for what fans can expect from the fifth Alter Bridge album, Tremonti says he hopes for at least a slight change in direction from Fortress. Read more here.

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Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese Preview New TV Series 'Vinyl'

(Radio.com) HBO have revealed a trailer for the new drama series called Vinyl which was spearheaded by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Award winning director Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire executive producer Terence Winter.

The show explores the music industry in 1970s New York with cast members including notables Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Paul Ben-Victor.

HBO describes the premise as investigating music "at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop." From the trailer, Vinyl looks like it has a touch of Taxi Driver meets sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.

Vinyl debuts in January 2016. Watch the trailer here.

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Glenn Danzig and Drake Mash-Up Hits The Web

(Radio.com) The musical worlds of Glenn Danzig and Canadian rapper Drake have been brought together by YouTube user Worldwide Selects, who has created a masterful mash-up using Danzig's vocals from his hit "Mother" and the music from Drake's "The Catch Up."

The slow groove of Drake's 2014 summer hit with its sweeping keyboard works amazing well with the vocal track from Danzig's 1988 heavy metal classic. In fact, Glenn Danzig's "Mother" has never sounded so soulful and introspective.

In the description of the track Worldwide Selects writes: "My man Glenn Danzig killing us loudly with his incredibly soulful voice." Surely the mash-up won't turn into a beef between Danzig and Drake, like the MC's long and public feud with Meek Mill. Listen to the unique track here.

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Opeth Forced To Relocate 25th Anniversary Concert

Opeth announced on Monday that have been forced to move their upcoming An Evening with Opeth 25th Anniversary concert in London due to "production issues."

The band posted the following update on Facebook, "Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to production issues we are forced to announce that the 25th Anniversary concert, 'An Evening with Opeth', scheduled for the 18th October 2015 at the London Palladium, will now take place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane instead, on the same date.

"Tickets will be exchanged in order of purchase where possible. Ticket sellers will be in touch very soon to confirm your new seats and exchange your tickets.

"The historic Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, situated in central London's Covent Garden, can be easily reached from several Underground stations (Covent Garden/Holborn/Temple) and is itself just a 20 minute walk from the London Palladium.

"Opeth are proud to become the heaviest band to play the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in all of its 350 year history."

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Phil Collins Plans Intimate Acoustic Show

(Prog) Phil Collins is set to MC and perform an "intimate acoustic" set at a charity show in Miami in December - a year after he had to cancel it, according to local media reports.

The former Genesis man had aimed to come out of retirement for a performance in aid of his Little Dreams Foundation in 2014. But he called it off after suffering the effects of a long-standing neurological condition during soundchecks. He later said: "Trust me, you wouldn't enjoy it."

Now Collins has said he'll deliver an "intimate acoustic" show at The Fillmore Miami Beach to help fundraise for the childrens' charity he co-founded with ex-wife Orianne. Read more here.

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Winery Dogs Release 'Oblivion' Video

(Classic Rock) Supergroup Winery Dogs have released a video for their latest single Oblivion. The track is taken from their forthcoming album Hot Streak, which is set be released on October 30th followed by a double vinyl version in November

"We elevated the band to the next level," says vocalist/guitarist Richie Kotzen. "I wasn't nervous about it at all. There's always that worry with a followup record when you have a first one that's so well received, but I believed in it from day one. I knew in my heart if we made a record that wasn't as good as the first one that we wouldn't release it, but I know I did my best on every song. I also like the fact that there's a commonality between the first and second records - and there's also an evolution too, as we've dug a little deeper."

"The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower them," adds drummer Mike Portnoy. "That's the icing on the cake - but the cake itself is always the song and the vocals. Every song on this album is memorable and catchy, and you'll wake up whistling them all the next day."

The band are currently on tour in the US. "We've now been all over the world, and you have to put those hours in up on the boards to make things grow and evolve," says bassman Billy Sheehan. "All that adds into how well we can read each other's minds onstage, so when you get back to actually performing as a band, the songs all have a greater depth to them."

Watch the new video here.

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Lamb Of God Song 'Grace' Given Unusual Makeover

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God's track Grace has been given an unusual makeover by way of a cover version played on a hurdy gurdy. YouTube user Helvetion has uploaded her version of the song, with Lamb Of God's lead guitarist Mark Morton sharing it via Twitter.

The cover sees Helvetion playing along to the track's acoustic opening, before taking things up a level when things get heavy. She says: "Something different. Little experiment and exercise for fast melody lines. I really hope you guys will enjoy it."

Grace appeared on Lamb Of God's 2009 album Wrath. The band were recently mistaken for a Christian metal band in US TV listings ahead of an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Check out the cover here.

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Iron Maiden Singer Has No Desire To Compete With Younger Artists

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says experience has taught them how to harness the energy of their youth for maximum impact. But that doesn't mean the band, in their mid-50s, are trying to compete with younger outfits.

Dickinson, who defeated cancer earlier this year, accepts it's not possible for Maiden to write the way they did 20 years ago. But that's not a problem since he has no desire to compete with younger artists - including his son Austin's outfit As Lions.

He reflects: "You've done those kinds of songs back then, and now there are other bands that are having that same moment in their own way at that same point in their career. Let them carry the torch.

"It's like me going into competition with my kids. Why would I? Apart from the fact that I really like them, what's the big deal? I'm doing my own thing. I've already been on that journey - now it's up to them to go on their own journey through various stages of their life." Read more here.

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Ratt Stars In Legal Battle Over Use Of Band Name

(Classic Rock) Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini has launched legal action against drummer Bobby Blozter over use of the band name. DeMartini has alleged Blotzer has taken control of the title while they both own half of it, and wants him to stop "trying to take over the band."

The drummer last month changed his new outfit's title from Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Experience to simply Ratt. The lineup includes singer Josh Alan, guitarists Blaze and Doc Ellis, and bassist Scotty Griffin.

DeMartini later reported that the pair discussed the plans, and the guitarist asked him not to use their band name, explaining: "I said I had no problem with him playing songs he recorded with Ratt, but I didn't agree to him using the name in the title."

Now DeMartini says in his lawsuit: "In essence, Blotzer wants to hijack the name. Blotzer intends to fool Ratt's fans by touring with himself and a group of imposters calling themselves Ratt." Read more here.

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Tool's Keenan Avoiding Typical 'Kiss-And-Tell Crap' In Memoir

(Prog) Maynard James Keenan says his upcoming biography won't be full of "the kiss-and-tell crap" that often appears in similar memoirs. The Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman will publish the title in mid-2016 via Backbeat Books. It's being written in collaboration with his friend Sarah Jensen.

And while there will be plenty of never-before-told stories from throughout his life, he's aiming to avoid idle gossip and produce an honest memoir like David Bowie's.

Keenan tells Rolling Stone: "Most people want to hear the kiss-and-tell crap, the garbage on the bus. That's boring to me. 'We threw a piano out a window.' That's been done a million times before even Buddy Rich was around.

"The ones I prefer are when they get more into the psychology and the decision-making process. Not who you know and 'then I met the president.' - those are boring. I'm more interested in crossroads, where they make a decision and you see the cause-and-effect process of those decisions." Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Reveals Difference Between Superjoint Then and Now

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo says Superjoint is a much healthier place to be since the band all gave up hard drugs. The frontman admits he remembers little of the the band's first incarnation - when they were known as Superjoint Ritual before a legal issue forced a name change - and adds that as well as a better atmosphere, the revived group are much slicker musically than they were before.

Asked about the difference between the current era and the first, Anselmo tells Phoenix New Times: "Simply put, sobriety. Truth is, and I'm not a bit embarrassed or ashamed to admit it at all, I really don't remember much about Superjoint from back then except for little pieces. I was f***ed up out of my f***ing mind on heavy drugs and the overindulgence of booze.

"These days I like my suds and I like a bit of the white grape, but I think very damn well one of us has a much clearer mind. A much more stable support system within that realm." Read more here.

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Touchstone Reveal Farewell Show After Party Details

(Prog) Touchstone have revealed the details for their after-show party that will take place following their farewell show at Leamington Spa's Assembly on November 21.

They're going on indefinite hiatus after frontwoman Kim Seviour said earlier this year that her battle with ME made it impossible for her to commit to a long-term future with the band.

Doors at the venue will open at 4.30pm to allow special guests Magenta and John Mitchell's solo project Lonely Robot to play full sets ahead of Touchstone's performance.

Guitarist Adam Hodgson says: "We'll be holding the party in the venue's Green Room - a very quirky space with some very strange items living in there, and featuring the late Tammy Wynette's tour caravan - a sight to be seen." Read more here.

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Kurt Cobain's Demo For 'Sappy' Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's solo demo recording of the tune "Sappy" has been issued as a preview to the forthcoming package, "Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings."

Originally captured as part of a series of four-track recordings Cobain made in 1988 while living in Olympia, Washington, the demo will appear on the companion soundtrack to Brett Morgen's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", with both due November 13.

Cobain and Nirvana recorded several versions of "Sappy" before it surfaced as a hidden track on the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album "No Alternative" under the title "Verse Chorus Verse."

A 1993 recording later appeared on Nirvana's 2004 box set, "With The Lights Out", and the 20th anniversary editions of "Nevermind" in 2011 and "In Utero" in 2013.

"Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings" feature various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, giving fans a glimpse into Cobain's creative process. Check out the "Sappy" demo stream here.

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Rush Release Live 'Roll The Bones' Video

(hennemusic) Rush have released a live video of their performance of "Roll The Bones" from their forthcoming concert film, "R40 Live," which is set to be released on November 20th.

The "R40 Live" package captures the band in concert over two nights this past June, marking the first time Rush have filmed in their hometown of Toronto in almost 20 years.

Named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40", the tour may the last one of its size for the group. The title track to the band's 1991 album, "Roll The Bones (R40 Live)" features a variety of special guests in the rap part of the song, including Jay Baruchel (She's Out Of My League), Les Claypool (Primus), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), The Trailer Park Boys, and Jason Segel & Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man). Watch the live video here.

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Foo Fighters' Live Jam Of Pink Floyd Classic Goes Online

(hennemusic) Foo Fighters performed the Pink Floyd classic, "In The Flesh?", during their set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 2nd and video of the jam has been posted online.

The cover of the opening track from 1979's "The Wall" appeared during the finale of the group's headlining show on the first night of the event, which also saw appearances by Billy Idol, Royal Blood and Gary Clark Jr., among others.

The Foo Fighters will return to headline the second weekend of the annual Texas festival this Friday, October 9, with many of the same artists performing at both sessions.

The band are winding down a North American tour in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways." Shows wrap up in Castaic, CA on October 18 and then the group will launch a 2-week European swing in Amsterdam on November 5. Watch the jam of the Pink Floyd classic here.

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KISS's Paul Stanley Plans Tours Around His Family

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says the worst thing about being on tour is that he's away from his family - and he allows for it when planning the band's tours.

He can't get used to leaving his three kids at home when he hits the road, but accepts he can't take the nine-year-old, the six-year-old and the four-year-old out of school to go with him.

Stanley tells 612 ABC Brisbane: "Sometimes at night, it's a bit of a struggle to not be home with my little ones. To pull them out just because I miss them would be selfish, and also detrimental. So I just try to limit the length of our tours."

He believes he's achieved a good balance that consists of being away for two or three weeks then home for four to eight weeks. "I spend more time with my children than most dads who work 9 to 5," he says. "I'm with my kids seven days a week when I'm home. I take them to school and pick them up. So I think the balance is pretty good." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes Urges Addicts To Find Help

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has urged fellow drug abuse victims to seek help. He admits he reached rock-bottom before looking for assistance, and wants others to be spared the experience.

The vocalist is recovering from an addiction to ketamine, which he owned up to last year, admitting he "wanted to die" at one point. Skyes tells Billboard: "For me, it had to get to its absolute worst for me to make a change. Hopefully others won't have to. This may sound like the lamest advice in the world - but, talk to someone. Figure out why you're addicted."

He insists that people aren't born or destined to become addicts and adds: "There's always an underlying problem, whether it's self-medicating, using it as a coping mechanism, or using it not to feel altogether.

"First work out what it is, then work out a healthy way to combat the problem." Read more here.

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Trader Horne Streaming 'Goodbye Mercy Kelly'

(Prog) Trader Horne are streaming their track Goodbye Mercy Kelly exclusively with Prog. It's taken from the 2015 edition of Morning Way, originally released by Judy Dyble and Jackie McAuley in 1970.

The 13-track album is to be re-released on October 16 with two additional tracks, Goodbye Mercy Kelly and Here Comes The Rain. Dyble tells Prog: "Jack and I just finished practising Goodbye Mercy Kelly. I was thinking while singing, what an interesting song it is, and how lovely the harmonies are to sing.

"Listening to the original track, the harp part - played, I believe, by the great David Snell - made us both smile at its joyful swing, which contrasts with the slightly creepy words. We're really looking forward to playing this live." Stream the song here.

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Graveyard Release 'Too Much Is Not Enough' Video

(Classic Rock) Graveyard have released a video for their track Too Much Is Not Enough, which comes from their fourth album Innocence And Despair and follows a promo for Apple And The Tree.

The band had the following to say to Rolling Stone about the track: "We all know how it goes. There's ying and there's yang. Too little and too much and neither one is enough.

"Somewhere, there is love and the universe finds its balance in a perfect ballad." The Swedish outfit will tour across the US in December to support the follow-up to 2012's Lights Out. here.

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Iamthemorning Release Live Video For New Album Track

(Prog) Iamthemorning have released a video stream of their live performance of their track 5/4, which is taken from their upcoming release From The House Of Arts.

The album is the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, which is just 500 short of reaching its target with 16 days remaining. No pledges will be taken if the target is not reached.

The Russian duo last month revealed they needed the campaign to succeed if they were to escape a "terrible debt hole" after miscalculating costs associated with second studio album Benighted.

Iamthemorning said: "The main reason was that we had no experience. If this campaign goes well, it will let us gather some financial and moral strength, and pay all the debts, while recording album three." here.

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Maserati Stream New Song 'End Of Man'

(Prog) Maserati have premiered a stream of their track End Of Man exclusively with Prog. It's taken from the US band's upcoming album Rehumanizer, which will be released on October 30 via Temporary Residence. It's the follow-up to 2012's Maserati VII.

On the track, the label says: "The veteran instrumental psych-prog-dance hybrid from the USA introduces vocals to the mix on their escalating, Kraftwerk-influenced new song, End Of Man."

Rehumanizer marks the first time the band have recorded without outside influence, with all tracks laid down, mixed and mastered by the group in their own studio. Stream the song here.

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CJ Wildheart Surpasses New Album Crowdfunding Target

(Classic Rock) CJ Wildheart has reached his crowdfunding target for his latest album entitled Robot after just six days. He launched the PledgeMusic campaign on September 28 but has smashed his goal with 130 days remaining.

He's brought in Pitchshifter drummer Jason Bowld for Robot - a musician he calls "one of the best in the country" and will once again work with engineer and producer Lee Ray.

Wildheart says: "Last year I had an album out called Mable, which actually surprised me massively as I wasn't expecting anyone to really give two sh*ts about it.

"The fact that quite a few of you bought the album, and it was really well received by the press and various other folks out there, took me by surprise." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Sacred Oath's Taken

Sacred Oath's lead singer Rob Thorne tells us the story behind their song "Taken" and the track's video, which comes from the veteran metal band's latest studio album "Ravensong". Here is the story:

Like most songs that work their way through the production chain from inception, to rehearsal, to demo, to commercial recording, and in this case - music video - "Taken" has evolved over a period of 12 months to become what you now see as an apocalyptic mythos-zombie thrill ride. But it all began with my personal frustration at feeling breathless when I was anxious or overwhelmed. If I had a day ahead of me that was packed solid with 2 radio interviews, 10 students I was teaching guitar, voice, and drums to, meetings with the distributor, the CD package designer, the video producer, and all topped off with a show at the end of the night headlining some power metal fest (AFTER I read bedtime stories to my 3 children), I would actually begin to hyperventilate, and it would piss me off! Do you have any idea how hard it can be to sing when your breathing is all f***ed up? Almost impossible. I would get angry with myself and that would only make things worse. Then I would get depressed. So I wrote this song about it. "Taken my breath away and I turn blue, Taken my breath away yeah I choke on you!"

When Jordan (Gelber, Starbaby Enterprises) came to me and wanted to produce the music video, I had images of water and suffocation in my head and she had a whole zombie movie she wanted to make with Leah Jung. It evolved into a great story of a beautiful Siren and her minions luring the band to her zombie-infested island of doom, where the band would be condemned to play for her forever, eventually joining her zombie horde. All the great things a metal music video should be made of: fantasy, death, gore, and beautiful women - set to a fast and crushing soundtrack

We had a blast making the video. The special effects makeup crew was over the top. There were a couple of zombies I couldn't even look at, they were so disgusting. One of them was (bassist) Brendan Kelleher's girlfriend Caitlin Daly, who steals the show. God she was hideous to look at. And the editor/videographer @othompsonski (Matt Thompson) was unbelievable. That guy must have put in over 200 hours in a few short weeks to pull the whole thing together by album release day.

All in all, I know I speak for the band when I say we're thrilled with how the video turned out and we're excited that the album is finally released and out there. "Ravensong" may be our 7th album, but we're still as pumped up about it as we were for our debut in '87. That feeling never goes away, because it's always brand new music that we're sharing with our fans, and we're trying to attract new fans too, and we hope people will like it. So far so good. Once we're back on the stage in October I can settle in and "breathe"!

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

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