Day in Rock Report for 10/08/2015

Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Yes Lead Rock Hall Nominees

Long snubbed rock acts Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes and Chicago are among the artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's induction class of 2016.

Other nominees for the class of 2016 include The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, and the Spinners.

Fans will be allowed to vote for their selection and the winner of the popular vote will get ONE ballot among the 700-odd voting members, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The organization will reveal the 2016 inductees in December, who will then be inducted at a black tie event in New York City next April.

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Classic Guns N' Roses Stars To Jam With Billy Idol At Benefit Show

Billy Idol has been added to the lineup of an all-star jam featuring former classic era Guns N' Roses stars Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, as well as later GNR member Josh Freese and more for a cancer charity benefit concert.

The event is set to take place on November 3rd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and will benefit Rhonda's Kiss, which is a charity that helps cancer patients that can not afford treatment.

The concert will be lead by The Hellcat Saints, a collective formed by Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner. Apart from Idol and the former Guns N' Roses stars, the lineup of the band for this event will also include Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Juliette Lewis, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, and pop star Kesha.

Kushner had this to say about the reason for the event, "Many people close to us have been touched personally by cancer, as I know first-hand, as the two most important women in my life have been affected cancer. I believe that, regardless of our backgrounds, access to treatment to beat this disease should be available to everyone."

Actor and comedian Bill Burr (Breaking Bad, Walk of Shame) will be the MC for the special event and will also be performing a 30-minute comedy set. Find more details, including ticket information, here.

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Original Alice Cooper Band Reunites For Special Event

(hennemusic) The surviving members of the original Alice Cooper Band reunited for a performance in a Dallas record store on Tuesday (October 7th) and video from the event has been posted online.

Cooper made a surprise appearance at a signing event at the city's Good Records for bassist Dennis Dunaway's new book, "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group."

Along with original guitarist Michael Bruce, drummer Neal Smith and current Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie, the lineup delivered an 8-song set of classic tracks, that included "Caught in A Dream", "Be My Lover", "I'm Eighteen", "Is It My Body", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Under My Wheels", "School's Out" and "Elected."

Original lead guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 49. The Alice Cooper Band was formed in 1968 with members of the Phoenix, AZ group The Spiders, and went on to record 7 albums of classic material - including 4 platinum records - before splitting in 1975, following which Cooper launched a solo career with "Welcome To My Nightmare." Check out video from the event here.

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Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde Going To Rock Camp

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, and former David Lee Roth band guitarist Steve Vai are among the stars lined up to take part in next year's Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles.

The event allows musicians of all levels to learn from and perform alongside bona fide rock stars. The 2016 event marks the 20th anniversary of the camp and takes place from February 11 to 14.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and jam with Iommi, Vai, Black Label Society man Wylde, The Allman Brothers collaborator Warren Haynes and ELP drummer Carl Palmer. It will culminate with performance at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Black Sabbath icon Iommi - who was a judge on Sky Arts' talent show Guitar Star this year - says: "I've really enjoyed working with the students at Coventry University and the Guitar Star contestants in England, so I'm looking forward to meeting some more enthusiastic players at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood." Read more here.

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Chrissie Hynde Talks 'Lynch Mob' Reaction To Rape Controversy

(Classic Rock) Chrissie Hynde says the backlash from her sexual assault comments is like being the victim of a lynch mob. The Pretenders frontwoman encountered controversy in August when she discussed her opinions on the subject, after writing about her own experience of being attacked by a biker gang when she was 21.

Referring to the passage in her autobiography Reckless, Hynde said she took responsibility for the incident, adding: "If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk, who else's fault can it be?"

That led to a flood of negative comments, including rape victim Jackie Fox, formerly of the Runaways, who said: "This is just telling people who've gone through this experience, 'You're right, it is your fault.'"

Now Hynde tells NPR: "I'm not going to describe it because I've written about it in the book. But what I can say is, I never said I was raped. I've never used the word and it's not in the book."

She adds: "I'm just telling my story. You know, it's almost like a lynch mob. I'd rather say, 'Just don't buy the f***ing book, if I've offended someone. Don't listen to my records.'

"I'm not here trying to advise anyone or tell anyone what to do, or tell anyone what to think, and I'm not here as a spokesman for anyone." Read more here.

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David Gilmour Releases Animated 'The Girl In The Yellow Dress' Video

(hennemusic) David Gilmour has released an animated video for "The Girl In The Yellow Dress", the latest single from "Rattle That Lock." It's the third video issued from the Pink Floyd guitarist's fourth solo album, following the title track and "Today."

Rattle That Lock" was recorded at various places, including Gilmour's Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK. The guitarist worked on the project with co-producer Phil Manzanera and wife and lyricist Polly Samson.

Gilmour launched a world tour in support of the record with a September 5 warm-up show in Brighton, UK before playing a sold-out 11-date European tour that included five shows at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

The guitarist will next perform dates in South America this December ahead of a North American run in the spring of 2016. Watch the new video and a behind the scenes clip with Gilmour here.

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Waylon Reavis Explains Departure From Mushroomhead

(TeamRock Radio) Former Mushroomhead singer Waylon Reavis says he's relieved to be free of "the burden" of being in the band. He confirmed this week he had left the group and cut all ties with their label, Filthy Hands Company, over "irreconcilable differences."

In a fresh video update, Reavis explains he's glad it's over and that the disagreements are no longer his "problem." Reavis says: "It's over and I'm so relieved. I'm at home with my family. For the first time in a long time, I don't feel a burden of Mushroomhead, and it did feel like a burden to me. It's not my burden, it's not my problem any more, and I'm glad it's gone."

He adds that he wishes the band well going forward, but admits he was unhappy for some time. He says: "I was planning this - it just happened a little sooner than I thought it would. I really wasn't happy. I hadn't been in a while.

"I have not been there in a while. I've been checked out. I've been doing my own thing. My heart wasn't there. My soul wasn't there. My time in Mushroomhead had run its course.

He continues: "I have 11 years of wonderful memories, but I'm ready for something else in my life. I'm ready for a change. I've lived the same monotony for too long. I just didn't agree with a lot of the decisions and where we were going, and that's fine - that's part of life. You don't have to agree with everything." Read more and watch the full video message here.

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Cage The Elephant Announce New Album 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'

Cage the Elephant have announced that they will be releasing their fourth studio album, "Tell Me I'm Pretty," produced by Dan Auerbach, on December 18th.

According to the band, they recorded the new 10-track effort with The Black Keys star at Dan Auerbach's private studio, Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, this past spring.

Frontman Matt Shultz had this to say, "With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that."

Tell Me I'm Pretty will include the following songs: 01. Cry Baby, 02. Mess Around, 03. Sweetie Little Jean, 04. Too Late To Say Goodbye, 05. Cold Cold Cold, 06. Trouble, 07. How Are You True, 08. That's Right, 09. Punchin' Bag, and 10. Portuguese Knife Fight. Check out the announcement video here.

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Rammstein Release Live 'Benzin' Video

(Classic Rock) Rammstein have released a live video performance of their track Benzin. It features on their recently released In Amerika DVD and Blu-ray, recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2010.

Along with the full live show, the package comes bundled with a feature-length documentary and a 20-minute film showcasing the making of 2009 album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da - their last studio release.

The latest clip follows the release of Rammlied, Ich Tu Dir Weh and Engel. Mainman Till Lindemann confirmed earlier this year that the band would return to the studio to record an "EP or a full album." Watch the video here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Albums Getting Special Reissue

(Prog) Relapse Records and Party Smasher Inc have announced that they will be releasing the first three Dillinger Escape Plan studio albums on vinyl next month.

Calculating Infinity (1999), Miss Machine (2004) and Ire Works (2007) will be launched on November 27 in a variety of colors - and all three can now be pre-ordered. All pressings come with additional digital download codes.

Dillinger guitarist Ben Weinman, who set up Party Smasher Inc so musicians, illustrators, photographers and designers could share ideas, recently revealed the band were six songs into their sixth album.

The releases have been planned to coincide with Relapse Records' 25th anniversary celebrations and can also be streamed. Hear them here.

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Megadeth To Appear With Tribute Band At Special Show

(Classic Rock) Megadeth will appear at a charity show in the UK next month - alongside a Megadeth tribute band. It takes place at the 12 Bar club in London on November 13, during Dave Mustaine and co's tour with Lamb Of God.

Megadeth UK will be joined by the real band in a night arranged by the British branch of the Megadeth Cyber Army, as part of its annual convention.

Just 400 tickets are available, priced 13 for club members and 30 on the door. A portion of takings will be donated to the Gingerbread charity, which supports single parents. Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Release 'Eraser' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Coheed And Cambria are premiering their new video for Eraser exclusively with Metal Hammer. Eraser is taken from Coheed And Cambria's upcoming eighth album The Color Before The Sun.

Speaking to Metal Hammer about the new song, drummer Josh Eppard says: "Eraser embodies the music we grew up on better than any other Coheed song to date.

"We were little sponges in the '90s when the Pumpkins and Nirvana were creating a landscape all their own. I hear those bands in our song Eraser and I'm extremely proud of that." Watch the new video here.

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Twenty One Pilots Want To Have 'Some Sort Of Impact On The World'

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun says he and Tyler Joseph's dream is for their music to resonate across the world. And he says while performing live is always a challenge, it's something the duo relish.

Dun tells the Houston Press: "We've both always wanted to be a part of something that has some sort of impact on the world. There's a lot of music that doesn't say or do much.

"And that's OK - there's a time and place for it, and I listen to a lot of it too. But, at the same time, there are people who are looking for something a bit more than that."

Dun refers to walking on stage as a "battle" but insists it's an experience he and Joseph always look forward to. He adds: "I think that the moment when I walk onstage and I don't feel like there's anything to overcome, that's when I might just want to be done." Read more here.

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Orphaned Land's Kobi Covers Leonard Cohen Classic With Choir

(TeamRock Radio) The Orphaned Land frontman Kobi Farhi has joined forces with the Stimmgewalt choir to cover Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah which is now streaming online.

You might think it's an odd fit for the Golden God winning metalhead, but speaking to Metal Hammer, Kobi says that he has always been a huge fan of Cohen - "having this rearranged version is a dream come true, and time wise it fits perfectly our acoustic tour."

Orphaned Land are heading out across Europe for a special unplugged tour with the Stimmgewalt choir, treating fans to something a little different. "We play songs we never played before along with specially rearranged versions of our well known songs... This is an enchanting show, and on some cities its in a church! See you all soon!" Check out the song here.

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Frank Zappa's Widow Gail Dead At 70

(Radio.com) Gail Zappa, wife to the late-Frank Zappa and mother to Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva has died at the age of 70. She died away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Oct. 7, surrounded by her children.

The Zappa matriarch was born Adelaide Gail Sloatman. She married the avante-garde rocker Frank Zappa when she was 22. According to a statement released by the Zappa family, "Gail was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in the music business and raising their children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva."

Following Frank Zappa's death to prostate cancer in 1993, Gail took control of her late-husband's estate to create the Zappa Family Trust, to ensure his legacy as a masterful composer and a hugely important artist would remain intact. Gail went on to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists. Read more here.

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Billy Sherwood Releases 'No Man's Land' Video

(Prog) Yes bassist Billy Sherwood has released a video for his track No Man's Land. The track comes from his solo concept album Citizen, out on November 6 via Frontiers Music and tells the tale of a "lost soul reincarnated in various historical settings."

No Man's Land - which features guitarist Steve Morse - focuses on the story of a World War I runner, who passes messages between generals and men in the trenches. Sherwood says: "You get the idea that he's the only guy who walked away from the battle."

Along with Morse's contribution, Citizen features guest appearances from Alan Parsons, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Tony Kaye, Steve Hillage, Partrick Moraz, John Wesley, Jerry Goodman, Dixie Dregs, Colin Moulding, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman, Jon Davison and the late Chris Squire. Watch the video here.

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Downes Braide Association Stream New Song 'Machinery Of Fate'

(Prog) Geoff Downes and Chris Braide have premiered their lyric video for latest track Machinery Of Fate via Prog. It's taken from second Downes Braide Association album Suburban Ghosts.

Braide recently said of the new album which arrives on November 6 via Cherry Red Records, "It's an album about isolation and loneliness in small-town suburbia.

"Now everyone has long gone, you're haunted by images of those former frost-covered school gates, the laughter of children in the park and the lovers you once loved - the alternative life you could have lived." Check out the new song here.

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Monkeyjunk Avoided Writing 'Another Moaning Record'

(The Blues) Monkeyjunk frontman Steve Marriner hopes the band's latest album will be an uplifting experience - and prove once again that they're more than a straight blues band.

The award-winning Canadian trio released Moon Turn Red last month, as the follow-up to 2013's All Frequencies. Marriner tells the Ottawa Citizen: "A lot of people's reality is that it's a day-to-day struggle. But just writing another moaning record isn't doing anyone any good.

"A lot of these songs and stories are designed to be uplifting. I came up with complaining lyrics - but wanted something to make the hippies dance at festivals. Sometimes the word 'love' is all you need. Everyone loves love."

And although he's keen to emphasis the band's other strengths, Marriner doesn't want to abandon their roots altogether. "Are we a blues band? Yes," he says. "But we're also a soul band, a funk band, a rock band. It depends on the day." Hear the new album's opening track Light It Up here.

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Neck Deep Announce 2016 World Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Neck Deep have announced the biggest UK headline tour of their career so far as part of their 2016 world tour which includes shows in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

The pop punk outfit will play five dates in February of next year, with support from State Champs, Creeper and Light Years. Neck Deep issued second album Life's Not Out To Get You in August.

Neck Deep frontman Ben Barlow says: "These UK dates will be awesome. It's going to be the first time we get to play a lot of material from LNOTGY live on our home turf, and we are super stoked on the supports.

"The State Champs boys are good friends of ours, and ever since we last toured together have been itching to get out on the road together again. Creeper are one of the UK's best up-and-comers, and Light Years are a massively underrated band that everyone needs to 100% make sure they get down early to see." Read more and see the dates here.

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Michael Monroe Hasn't Lost His Inspiration

(Classic Rock) Michael Monroe's latest album entitled Blackout States is out on October 9 - and the former Hanoi Rocks singer says that he's been through too many character building experiences to let his standards drop at this stage in his career.

He tells Mitch Lafon: "I get inspired by everything I hear and see from my life in general. The more mileage you have, the more experience and more stuff you have to write about. The songs are mainly about personal experiences. I actually feel pretty happy. I've never been complacent.

"Some people say you have to suffer for good art. I've suffered enough. I've got enough character - I don't need to build any more character. You don't have to really be in dire straits to write a good song."

He continues: "It's positive energy. I like to write about things that make people raise some questions. You don't have to turn your brain off to have a good time." Read more here.

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John Lennon 75th Birthday Celebrated With Giant Peace Sign

(Classic Rock) John Lennon's 75th birthday was marked in New York on Tuesday (October 6) with a giant human peace sign in Central Park. The late Beatle's wife Yoko Ono arranged the gesture, with the help of 2000 fans, who stood in the shape of the symbol originally used by the UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

She'd hoped to set a new world record - but the previous one, in which a peace sign was created by over 5000 people, remains. Lennon, who released peace anthem Imagine in 1978, was born on October 9, 1940, and shot dead on December 8, 1980.

Ono told fans: "Thank you for coming today. I really appreciate it. I love you!" She'll mark her late husband's actual birthday in Iceland, where she'll relight the Imagine Peace Tower beacon in his memory. Check out video of the peace sign tribute here.

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