Day in Rock Report for 10/07/2015

Dee Snider Launches New Attack On KISS Frontman Paul Stanley

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider fired a new shot in his ongoing feud with KISS frontman Paul Stanley during a recent appearance on The Real Radio Show.

The war of words erupted between the two frontman after Snider took issue with KISS continuing to use the make-up characters of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss after the two founding members left the band. Snider said that he believed that new members wearing the same makeup as Frehley and Criss was an insult to fans.

During the new interview Snider expressed disbelief shock at the attention the feud has received. He said (via Radio.com, "Look, it's crazy how international this feud between me and Paul Stanley has become. Not bad for a 'wannabe' or a 'buffoon.' " Snider was referred to names that Stanley had called him.

"Let me lay out my KISS credentials," Snider said "[I] own the first seven albums. I bought the first album before it had 'Kissin' Time' on it. I bought it in February, 'cause I lived in Nassau County, they lived in Queens, and there was a rumor about this cool band that had an album coming out, and I got it the minute it came out.

"I have stood in front of a mirror and lipsynched Paul Stanley vocals, made Paul faces in the mirror, okay? So I don't think I'm out of line to say that I have an opinion and that I feel that the Ace Frehley impersonator playing guitar now is an insult to fans."

Snider then took aim at Paul Stanley, "Paul, I love your band, I love your music. Why do you have to be such a dick? Alice Cooper is not a dick. Alice Cooper has inspired a million people and he's the coolest guy in the world, yet Gene and Paul, they've got this arrogance about them, like the world owes them something. We do owe you something, but let us offer it; don't insist we buy it from you."

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Megadeth Cut Concert Short Due To Government Censorship?

Megadeth reportedly cut the opening show of their Dystopia tour short on Tuesday night (October 6th) in Beijing, China, according to The Beijinger, who speculates that it may have been done due to government censorship.

The blog reports that the show at the Huiyuan Space only last an hour and was filled with the band performing instrumental versions of songs like "Skin of My Teeth" and extended guitar solos.

The report also says that the band did not play some of the most popular songs of their 32-year-career like "Holy Wars/The Punishment Due" and "Angry Again."

The Beijinger speculates that the show may have been shortened or stopped by government officials because of comments made by frontman Dave Mustaine to the audience after the band's performance of the final song of the set "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?"

Mustaine reported told the fans, "Thank you for leaving so that we can come back and play again." The audience then left the venue without incident. Read the full report here.

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Iron Maiden Add Dates To The Book Of Souls Tour

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have added a string of South American dates and a show in the Netherlands to their 2016 world tour. A run of North American dates, as well as shows in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, were announced previously.

The metal giants hit the road next year in support of latest album The Book Of Souls onboard a new and improved Ed Force One, to be piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson.

Maiden will play 12 dates in South America in March, including two shows each in Mexico and Argentina, as well as five in Brazil. They'll perform at Arnhem's GelreDome in the Netherlands in June. See all of the announced dates here.

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David Bowie's TV Theme Song 'Blackstar' Premieres Online

(hennemusic) David Bowie's "Blackstar", a song he was commissioned to write as the theme for a new crime series, The Last Panthers, has been revealed via the opening credits to the program which will premiere next month across Europe on Sky Atlantic and on CANAL + in France .

A portion of the tune can be heard over the opening credits to the 6-episode program, which will star Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt when it debuts on November 12.

Bowie hooked up with director Johan Renck to discuss the series while it was still in the early stages of production. "I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much," says Renck. "We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws.

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

"That's when he said go - it all fits. Then he played me his new song Blackstar." The tune marks Bowie's first new song since 2014's "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" single. Check out the song via the show credits here.

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Gaslight Anthem Frontman Brian Fallon Announces Solo Tour

Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon has announced a series of solo tour dates in North America that he will be launching early next year in support of his forthcoming solo album.

Fallon reveals that he will be recording the new album, which will be entitled "Painkillers", later this year in Nashville with acclaimed producer, singer and musician Butch Walker.

The album is expected to be released early in 2016 via Island Record in the U.S. and EMI in the UK. There was no mention in the announcement about other markets.

Fallon has announced the initial dates for the supporting tour, which are scheduled to kick off on January 7th in Portland, ME at the Port City Music Hall and so far he has revealed dates that run until January 17th in Nashville, TN at City Winery.

Fallon will be backed on the tour by The Gaslight Anthem's Alex Rosamilia, The Horrible Crowes' Ian Perkins and Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Willie Nelson) and more.

He had the following to say about his debut solo album and tour, "I'm overjoyed to be making this solo record. And I can't wait to go out on the road with the new songs I have as well as to get to play the Elsie album live again!" See the announced dates here.

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The Cure Announce Initial Dates For North American Tour

The Cure revealed that they plan to hit the road next year for a twenty five date tour of North American, which will mark the veteran band's first full tour since 2008, according to Radio.com.

The band made the announcement via social media and revealed the first handful of dates for the trek including stops in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

They have recruited The Twilight Sad to be the opening act for the announced dates. Here is their post, "THE CURE TO PLAY 25 DATE TOUR OF NORTH AMERICA 2016 - FULL DETAILS OF ALL SHOWS WILL BE REVEALED IN JANUARY…- The Cure (@thecure) October 06, 2015." See the announced dates here.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Is A Changed Man Says Attorney

(Classic Rock) An attorney for former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that the rock star has "moved well beyond" the drama that saw him convicted of making a death threat.

Rudd, 61, was arrested last year after making threats on the life of an employee. The drummer later admitted he was fighting a drug addiction at the time.

Tuck says: "He is complying with his home detention, which means he's not drinking alcohol, not taking drugs. There was a meltdown, and there were behaviors which Phil really has moved well beyond.

"Phil has done a lot of work on himself and he's gone from strength to strength. Things have moved on from that time. We're well into the detention sentence and out the other side - and life is moving on." Read more here.

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Devil You Know Release 'The Way We Die' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Devil You Know have released a video for their track The Way We Die, which comes from the band's second album entitled They Bleed Red, out on November 6. They're led by former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and their latest release follows 2014 debut The Beauty Of Destruction.

Drummer John Sankey tells Loudwire of the video: "What metalhead doesn't want to see hot tattooed girls dancing and stripping while listening to heavy guitar riffs, thunderous bass, pummeling drums and HOJO singing about The Way We Die? It's the perfect heavy metal storm.

"We had no interest in doing another performance video with us jamming out, since we did that last album and wanted to shake things up. This was all about us having fun, getting crazy, living the dream and sharing it with the world to enjoy." Watch the video here.

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Phil Collins Streams Previously Unreleased Track From Reissue Campaign

(Classic Rock) Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins has released a stream of a previously unheard live version of his 1981 hit, "If Leaving Me Is Easy". It's taken from the bonus disc of the reissued version of his classic album of the same year, Face Value.

Face Value and 1993's *Both Sides *are being reissued on November 6, as the singer launches the Take A Look At Me Now campaign, which will see all his solo albums remastered and re-released in expanded form. The reissues have been curated by Collins' himself, and come with updated artwork, the original cover portraits having been re-shot. The extra tracks, many of which have never been issued on CD before, attempt to show how Collins's songs have evolved over time by contrasting the original studio versions with later concert performances.

"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," says Collins. "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."

Each album in the series has been remastered by Nick Davis, who has worked on a number of Genesis projects, including the 1970-1975, 1976-1982 and 1983-1998 box sets. Read more and stream the song here.

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Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime Announce Winter Tour

(Classic Rock) Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate's new band Operation: Mindcrime have announced that they will launch a run of 22 shows across Europe this winter in support of their support debut album.

The band will kick off their tour to support of "The Key" in Germany on November 13 and wrap things up on December 19 at the Knockout festival, also in Germany. Tickets can be purchased through the band's official website.

Former Queensryche singer Tate recently revealed his new outfit's second album has already been recorded, while work on the final part of his planned trilogy was well under way.

Operation: Mindcrime released Hearing Voices, Burn, The Stranger and Re-Inventing The Future from The Key, which was launched last month via Frontiers Music. See the dates here.

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Don Henley To Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live This Week

(hennemusic) Don Henley will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, October 8. The Eagles drummer is promoting his newly-released fifth solo album, "Cass County."

The country-inspired project sees Henley joined by guests including Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard. "Cass County" recently scored Henley the highest US charting solo album in his career when it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 89,000 copies.

The set also landed No. 1 slots on both the Top Album Sales chart and the Top Country Albums chart. The drummer is currently supporting the release with a month-long fall tour of North America. Read more and see the video for the first single here.

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Let's Talk Daggers Release 'Clutchendials' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Let's Talk Daggers have issued a video for their song "Clutchendials," which is a track from the band's debut album A Beautiful Life, that is set to be released on October 23 via Tangled Talk Records. A Pledgemusic campaign for the record still has four days to run.

The Clutchendials promo is the second in a three-part series of videos, to be concluded next year. Drummer Steven Berwick says: "It follows on from the video for I Love You Dad, But I'm Mental, where you see us indulging in some mysterious hallucinogenic.

"In this video you will see where our minds take us before you're left at another cliffhanger, scratching your heads. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we have enjoyed making it." Watch the video

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The Electric Boys Announce New Band Member

(Classic Rock) The Electric Boys have announced that they have added a fifth member to their lineup in order to make live dates more cost-effective. Jolle Atlagic has become a permanent addition to the European band, and he'll split tour duties with old hand Niclas Sigevall, who's lived in the US for many years.

The band say: "Let's face it - jammin' is kinda difficult across the Atlantic. The budget can't handle flying Niclas in for a gig here and there, which is how Jolle came into the picture.

"On the tours with Hanoi Rocks, Jolle and Andy Christell really locked in, so it was a natural step. On the upcoming tours, Jolle will do the Dan Reed Network tour in the UK, and Niclas will do the Swedish dates and the rest of the European tour with FM." Read more including their upcoming dates and watch the announcement video here.

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Monster Magnet Streaming Cobras And Fire Redux Album Online

(hennemusic) Monster Magnet have released an online stream of their full forthcoming album, "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)", ahead of its official release this Friday, October 9.

The project sees the New Jersey band overhaul their 2010 album, "Mastermind", with revamped instrumentation including organ, piano and sitars…following the work they did with 2013's "Last Patrol" for its reissue as "Milking The Stars: A Re-imagining Of Last Patrol."

"With Cobras And Fire I wanted to present these songs in a much stranger and dirtier atmosphere," says frontman Dave Wyndorf. "Less 'classic rock' and more... well, I'd guess I'd call it a deranged fusion of garage-psych, fuzz punk and movie soundtrack music.

"All in all I call this the weirdest Monster Magnet yet, and that's a good thing! I hope you like it! Rock on!" Stream the album here.

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Hawkwind's Dave Brock Announces New Solo Album

(Prog) Hawkwind's Dave Brock has announced that he will release his solo album, entitled Brockworld on November 16 via Hawkward Records and has revealed the track details for the effort.

The follow-up to 2012's Looking For Love In The Lost Land Of Dreams is described as "an eclectic compendium of psychedelic rock songs, interspersed with evocative instrumentals and experimental tunes."

The 15-track title has been written and performed almost entirely by Brock, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award at 2013's Prog Awards. A statement explains: "From the moment this album bursts out into Life Without Passion, through the heavy space drone of Horizon, to the wryly engaging Falling Out Of Love and the kaleidoscopic twists and turns of Age Of Psychedelia, this album aptly captures Dave's roving creativity." Check out the song details here.

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Lonely Robot Release 'The Boy In The Radio' Video

(Prog) John Mitchell has premiered his latest Lonely Robot video with Prog. The Boy In The Radio features Peter Cox of Go West, who also appears in the promo.

The track appears on Lonely Robot debut album Please Come Home, launched earlier this year via InsideOut. Mitchell says: "The Boy In The Radio is a fictional tale about an insular kid who only finds his true voice when he shifts into a greater dimension. A big thank you to Peter Cox for contributing his time and energy - and in doing so, making this boy's dream a reality."

He's joined by Caroline Campbell, Lauren Storer and Craig Blundell for two live shows in December, at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands on December 4, and London's Scala on December 20. He also appears at Touchstone's farewell shows on November 20 and 21. Read more and watch the video here.

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Crippled Black Phoenix Stream New Song 'Spider Island'

(Prog) Crippled Black Phoenix have premiered a stream of their track Spider Island, which comes from the band's New Dark Age Tour EP, their first release via Season Of Mist Records - and comes after mainman Justin Greaves reactivated the band following a fall-out with his former colleagues.

Greaves says: "It really feels as if we are living in a new dark age. Religious and political oppression, the population being fed constant untruths… it reminds us of the priests in the middle ages telling folk about dog-headed monsters living in the woods - but if you repent and join the church, they will protect you."

He adds: "The song Spider Island is more personal. There I mentally put all the bad people. Recently there have been a few people who need to go to Spider Island and live a life of torture, along with all the other scumbags who cling to power in the world."

Greaves is joined in the revamped lineup by Daniel Anghede, Mark Furnevall, Ben Wilsker, Daisy Chapman, Niall Hone, Jonas Stalhammar and Belinda Kordic. They released the track Childhoods End in August through TeamRock and will start a European tour with four UK dates next month. Check out the new song here.

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Chris Cornell Believes Soundgarden Are Underrated

(Classic Rock) Chris Cornell argues in a new interview that Soundgarden have spent their career being underrated - even if it does make him sound arrogant. The band returned with King Animal in 2012 after a 13-year hiatus.

The group is currently working on what will be their seventh studio album, and the frontman last month reported they were making "serious headway" in the studio.

Now Cornell tells Status magazine: "I could say that, maybe on some levels, Soundgarden is underrated. If I could say all the arrogant things about my band, I think that out of all the rock bands that came out in the same era, we're one of the most experimental." Read more here.

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Swallow The Sun Stream New Song Track 'Heartstrings Shattering'

(Prog) Swallow The Sun have released a lyric video for their track Heartstrings Shattering. The song comes from upcoming triple album Songs From The North I, II & III, which is out on November 13 via Century Media.

The Finnish band's mainman Juha Raivio says: "Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern day and age - many will say it's madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs."

Songs From The North I, II & III will be available as special edition 3CD box, a limited deluxe edition 5LP+3CD box and as digital album. The band launch a European tour in Berlin on November 26. Check out the new song here.

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The Graveltones and The Atomic Bitchwax Lead Brain Freeze Fest Lineup

(Classic Rock) Organizers of the first Brain Freeze festival in South Wales have announced the details of this year's line-up. Australian blues rock duo The Graveltones and New Jersey stoner rockers The Atomic Bitchwax will be the headliners for the event.

They'll be joined by Henry's Funeral Shoe, The Mojo Sinners, 4Brothers, Raveneye, Dead Shed Jokers, Heavy Flames, Lifer and Tradish. The Brain Freeze festival takes place in December and is described as a "brand new mini-festival for mid-winter.

"Brain Freeze promises to bring the atmosphere of a summer festival indoors for a mid-winter celebration of the present and future of hard rock music," say the organizers. There will also be a real ale festival and a late night rock disco. Read more here.

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Metallica Release 'Harvester Of Sorrow' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica have released video footage of their performance of their 1988 classic "Harvester Of Sorrow" which took place during their September 16 show in Quebec City.

The tune was the lead single from the band's fourth album, "…And Justice For All", which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 on its way to racking up sales of more than 8 million copies in the States alone.

Metallica's video highlight package also includes drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet as well as the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The September 16 date was the first event at the city's brand new Centre Vidéotron. "Always one of our favorite places to visit, Quebec City also has a long history of being the home to some of the most rabid 'Tallica fans anywhere," said the band. "It only seems fitting that we share this special passing of the torch with you!" Check out the video here.

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Singled Out: Short Stack's Gravity

Shaun Diviney, the leader of the Australian group Short Stack, tells us the story behind their song "Gravity," which comes from their brand new third studio album "Homecoming". Here is the story:

I live on the beach and write a lot of songs in my head while surfing. The idea to this came to me while out in the ocean one day, of finger picking almost single notes as if to make it sound like you were in a barrel or under water, and then juxtapose it with a really harsh chorus, with pounding drums. I like that juxtaposition, it's just like the ocean. Fluidity meets chaos.

When we were in London recording the album we just started jamming and the song came to life in a really organic way. We recorded with producer, Chris Kimsey, who has worked on Rolling Stones & INXS, and we all really vibed on this tune, staying up until 3am a few nights in a row getting the tones perfect and the mood right.

Lyric-wise the song deals with how I feel people's worlds always need a centre, a kind of constant. I feel our lives are pretty crazy, it's easy to get carried away with it all, but it's important to always have that feeling of "home" whether, it's a place or a person.

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

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