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Day in Rock Report for 10/09/2015



Sammy Hagar Slams Van Halen For Blocking TV Performance

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar says Van Halen are jealous of him because they no longer perform material from the Van Hager era. The Red Rocker's latest rant against his former bandmates is an extension of claims he made earlier this year that the Van Halen brothers are trying to prevent him from performing songs from his time with the group.

Hagar says he discovered the issue when he was a taping of his appearance on a television show earlier this year. "I'd like this to be known," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "The Van Halen brothers will not allow me to do any of my own songs on TV. They can't stop me from doing them live, because they've tried and they can't. They want to pretend like Van Hagar never existed. The only Number One albums they've had in their life, and they want to pretend like they never happened. I don't know why they hate me so bad, but I guess I'm too happy for them.

"Yes, it's true. They wouldn't let me do them. I can hire an attorney and fight them and I'm going too, but I didn't have time to do that then. On the new Circle DVD we're making from the live album, Led Zeppelin agreed to let us use their music. And Van Halen said, 'No.' And then I said, 'F*** you.' I don't need to do this to survive, and thank God, because otherwise, they would starve me out like I think they're trying to do."

"It's unbelievable that Led Zeppelin lets us cover their songs on TV and anywhere else," he continues, "and the brothers won't let me sing my f***ing songs. And why? 'Cause they can't do them anymore. Without me, they can't play those songs, and they're f***ing jealous. And that's the thing that gives me comic relief out of the whole thing."

Still bitter over his 1996 split with Van Halen and a failed reunion attempt in 2004 to market an ill-conceived greatest hits package, Hagar maintains it's up to the Alex and Eddie to step up and apologize. Read his comments about that here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Unlikely Says Former Member

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke says in a new interview that he would love to see the band's classic-era lineup reunite but he doubts that it will ever happen.

He replaced Izzy Stradlin in 1991 and enjoyed three years with the band. On the back of news that singer Axl Rose and founding axeman Slash were on talking terms again, rumors have circulated that a reunion is on the cards, potentially featuring Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler.

Asked whether he thinks it's likely, Clarke tells the Eddie Trunk Podcast: "No, I really don't. We've all heard the rumors. I actually didn't know the news that Slash and Axl had talked, and I see him all the time. I don't know. Obviously, it would be great for music if it did happen."

Meanwhile, former GNR drummer Matt Sorum batted away a question about a potential reunion. Sorum replaced Adler and features on the albums Use Your Illusion I and II and The Spaghetti Incident. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, QOTSA Members Form Supergroup

(Classic Rock) A Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Pearl Jam have announced their debut single will be released this week.

Ten Commandos feature Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, QOTSA guitarist Alain Johannes, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd and Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats. Their single Staring Down The Dust is out on October 9 (Friday) via Monkeywrench Records, with an album to follow in November.

Reports claim that Screaming Trees vocalist and long-time QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan is also involved, although he is not named on the band's Facebook page or included in a group promo shot. See the photo and read more here.

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Iron Maiden Expand North American Tour

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have added four Canadian concerts to their forthcoming North American tour next spring in support of their latest album, "The Book Of Souls."

The metal legends will perform in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver as part of the 2016 North American leg, which includes previously-revealed US dates.

"We're all excited to be coming back to Canada," says frontman Bruce Dickinson. "Especially as this time we'll be able to fly Ed Force One in to all four cities where we're playing, not just Toronto which was the only way possible on the first Ed Force One tour in 2008.

"We haven't decided on the set list as yet and won't until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it's been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind.

"We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart !!! You certainly deserve it for your patience." See the dates here.

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Former Megadeth Guitarists Guest On Prog Album

(Classic Rock) Prog metal group Redemption have announced that they will release sixth album The Art Of Loss early next year - featuring guest appearances by three former Megadeth guitarists.

Chris Poland, Marty Freidman and Chris Broderick have recorded parts for the record, to be released via Metal Blade. And the trio can be heard together on the track Thirty Silver.

Guitarist Nick Van Dyk says: "We're fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians. Chris Poland has lent his immense talent, contributing his unique playing on the majority of songs - and elevating out music into extremely interesting territory.

"Additionally we have mind-blowing guest performances from Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick and Simone Mulanori, all of whom add so much." See who else is appearing on the album here.

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Mike Portnoy Shows His Skills On Hello Kitty Drum Kit

(Classic Rock) Mike Portnoy has proved his versatility by playing a string of rock classics on a tiny Hello Kitty drum kit. The in-demand drummer hooked up with Loudwire for the stunt, which sees him trying to perform Slayer, Kiss and Rush hits on the three-piece child's kit.

As he walks up to the stage, Portnoy jokes: "What the f***, where is my tour manager? I specifically requested the Pokemon kit. I never play Hello Kitty. Obviously the f***ing guy did not get the rider. And a single pedal? I'm supposed to be doing Slayer tunes on this thing. But I'm an artist and a professional. I will rise above."

He goes on to play the intros to Strutter and Love Gun by Kiss, Criminally Insane and Raining Blood by Slayer and Rush classic YYZ. Check out the video here.

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Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Answers Ghost's Call For Nuns

(Classic Rock) Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale swapped her usual attire for a nun's uniform as she answered Ghost's call for women to work as 'Sisters Of Sin' at their shows in a new online post.

Hale and a member of her crew were on hand at The Pageant in St Louis, Missouri, on Tuesday. It follows Ghost's request for female fans to serve drinks on their world tour.

In a Facebook post, Halestorm say: "Sometimes you have a day off in St Louis on the same day that Ghost is playing in town. And sometimes Ghost not only invites your band out to see their show, but also has your singer and production assistant be Sisters Of Sin for the evening. Thank you, Ghost, that was awesome."

Papa Emeritus III and co are in the US until November 1, then head to Europe in support of latest album Meliora, released in August. Halestorm continue their own world tour. See her post, including the photos, here.

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Rammstein Suggest They Are Working On New Music

(Classic Rock) Rammstein have teased fans with a Facebook update that suggests they're working on new material. They've posted a picture showing band members setting up in a studio, along with the caption: "Rammstein - back on."

It follows comments from frontman Till Lindemann in June in which he confirmed the band were looking for a rehearsal space. He said: "Maybe we go straight back into touring or an EP or a full album, I don't know. We have to sit down and discuss it, which will take weeks. We're six guys with six opinions and it can be a nightmare sometimes."

The band's last album was 2009's Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da. They released the Rammstein In Amerika double-DVD and double-Blu-ray package via Island/UME on September 25. See the photo here.

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Rush Release Trailer For Forthcoming R40 Live Release

(hennemusic) Rush have released the trailer for their forthcoming concert film, "R40 Live." Due November 20, the package presents the band live in concert over two nights this past June in their hometown of Toronto.

The set will be available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD combo as well as standalone options for the concert film or live album. Named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40", the tour may be the last one of its size for the group.

Bassist Geddy Lee and Rush manager Ray Danniels have both discussed the group's plans to scale back the length of touring as band members approach their mid-60s in the next few years, with drummer Neil Peart wishing to spend more time at home with his family in California.

"It's most likely our last tour," said Lee. "I couldn't put it any more accurately. I can't say for sure. But it doesn't mean we don't want to work together still, it doesn't mean we won't do another creative project and I've got ideas for shows we could do that don't involve a tour." Watch the trailer here.

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Godsmack May Make 'Drastic Turn' In Style On Next Album

(Gibson) Godsmack may take a different music direction on their next album. Frontman Sully Erna says that they are looking to stay true to their sound but also reinvent that style to reflect where band members are today.

"We feel that on this new record we're going to write next year, we may just completely take a drastic turn in what kind of style we want to pull out," Erna told Gibson.com backstage at Louder than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

"I think we want to get away from being lumped into the metal crowd," he added. "I think we're coming a lot more back to our roots now, so on the new record, I think we're going to try to mix things up and get to a place where we're not going to hurt the integrity of the band but maybe go in a more rock 'n' roll direction."

Erna spoke with me more about Godsmack's new sound and his beloved signature Sully Erna Les Paul Studio. Read the full interview here.

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Soft Machine's Karl Jenkins Becomes 1st Welsh Composer To Be Knighted

(Prog) Soft Machine's Karl Jenkins has become the first-ever Welsh composer to receive a knighthood. He played with the band between 1972-1984, taking over from saxophonist Elton Dean, and contributed to albums: Six (1973), Seven (1973), Bundles (1975), Softs (1976) and their final work, 1981's Land Of Cockayne.

Following his term with the band, Jenkins went on to compose Adiemus and The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace, among others. Jenkins, who was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2010, was knighted by the Princess Royal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace this week.

He previously admitted he was "thrilled, excited, exhilarated and a little embarrassed" by the accolade. He added: "I've been told I'm the first Welsh-born composer of any music to receive this so it's good for the country and I'm thrilled about it." Read more here.

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The Ocean Stream Epic 13-Minute Track 'The Quiet Observe'

(Prog) The Ocean have premiered their 13-minute track The Quiet Observer via Prog. It appears on Transcendental, an EP that also contains Death In Reverse by colleagues Mono, due on October 26 via Pelagic Records.

The Ocean say: "The Quiet Observer is our first track with Paul Seide and Damian Murdoch, who have both been with us for almost two years now. It represents where we stand as a band.

"The song was inspired by what's referred to as the 'intermediate state' according to the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. It's the state immediately after a person's death, when the intellect is challenged to face its own illusions, in the form of peaceful and wrathful deities.

Only if it manages to expose these horrifying guises as products of its own imagination, can it escape the eternal cycle of rebirth. Musically and lyrically, this song is a quite heavy psychedelic experience." Check out the song stream here.

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The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack Announce Split Release

(TeamRock Radio) The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack have announced a 7-inch split release with a difference. Both bands traded instrumental versions of tracks which went on to appear on their No Closer To Heaven and Panic Station albums.

They then allowed each other to put their own stamp on the songs - resulting in a limited-edition 7-inch single, set for general release on October 12. The Wonder Years say:

"Given only the song titles and having never heard the original versions, Dan Campbell from TWY and Justin Pierre from MCS were charged with the task of writing their own lyrics and melodies to create songs that blur the lines between the two artists." Read more and see the cover art here.

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Paradise Lost Announce 'Symphony For The Lost' Release

(TeamRock Radio) Paradise Lost have announced they'll release a live package entitled Symphony For The Lost on November 20 via Century Media. It was filmed and recorded at the Ancient Roman Theatre of Philippopolis in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in September 2014 and features the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rodna Pesen Choir.

Frontman Nick Holmes says: "We have recorded elements of orchestration many times in the studio over the last two decades, as many of our songs lend themselves well to classical arrangement.

"However, we have never before had the chance to play with a real orchestra in a live situation, so it was very exciting to have the opportunity to play with the Plovdiv Philharmonic and doing that in such a prestigious location as the Roman theatre."

A 2CD/DVD deluxe edition with 48-page booklet and bonus 26-minute documentary will be released, while a limited-edition 2LP/DVD version is also set for launch. And the band have issued a teaser video which can be viewed here.

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Alexisonfire's Farewell Show Set For Limited Edition Release

(TeamRock Radio) Alexisonfire have announced they'll release a limited-edition album entitled Live At Copps. It was recorded at their farewell show at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Canada in 2012 and will be issued in a 4LP/Blu-ray package.

Only 1600 will be made available and pre-orders are being taken for the 24-track record, with the Blu-ray featuring video from the gig along with bonus extras.

Last month, guitarist Wade McNeil stated the band were "officially back" but the group later played down hopes of a permanent reunion. Read more and see the cover art here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Doesn't Regret 'Moment Of Noise' For Hanneman

(Classic Rock) Slayer's Kerry King nearly didn't go through with his awards ceremony appearance the day bandmate Jeff Hanneman died. He drew criticism from some fans when he called for a "moment of noise" at the Revolver Golden Gods in 2013, after followers felt he hadn't responded appropriately to Hanneman's passing.

But he believes he did the best he could to follow his late colleague's wishes - and he doesn't regret his actions. King tells Spotify Metal Talks: "I was scheduled to present an award with Zakk Wylde. I had a hard time just thinking about, 'Do I do this? Do I not do this? I don't know how to act.' And I said, 'I can't stand up Zakk Wylde. Jeff would want me to be at the show - just do it.'"

During his hour-long journey to the event, King came up with his "moment of noise" tribute idea. "I'm like, 'I don't want to bring the thing down.' I wanted to express what I thought Jeff would be stoked about. Jeff wouldn't want a moment of silence, by no means. He wouldn't be like that at all." Read more here.

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Physicist Says Gazpacho Album Could Collapse The Universe

(Classic Rock) Prog band Gazpacho's latest album Molok could cause the universe to collapse, says a doctor of physics. Adam Washington of the University of Sheffield has confirmed it's theoretically possible that a random noise generator included on the CD can trigger a quantum effect capable of speeding up the destruction of reality.

A piece of code at the end of the album forces CD players to create a noise via its error correction routine. And if the mathematical value of the sound happens to correspond to the mass of the universe, it could prevent black holes from collapsing - meaning they'd eventually consume the universe.

Washington tells the Star: "The random signal contains enough bits of information to express a measurement of the total number of fundamental particles present in the universe.

"If the noise actually contained such a measurement, and that measurement was performed rapidly enough, the universe's total particle count could be fixed under the Quantum Zeno effect." Read more here.

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Steve Miller Reacts To Rock Hall Nomination

(hennemusic) Steve Miller has posted a message online that thanks his fans for their support following the news that he was nominated for the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Miller was named Thursday as one of 15 artists under consideration for the honor, alongside Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Yes and The Cars, among others.

He writes, "We know that our fans made our nomination into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happen! Thank you for your support! Yup... The time has come when your cries to 'Put the Steve Miller Band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!' have been heard!"

Miller released his debut album, "Children Of The Future", in 1968 and rode a wave of mega-hits in the 1970s that started with 1973's "The Joker." Read more here.

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CCR's John Fogerty Says He Tried To Reconcile With Brother Tom

(Classic Rock) John Fogerty has discussed his attempts to reconcile with his brother Tom in the 1980s. The pair fell out when Creedence Clearwater Revival imploded in 1972, and their relationship remained cold until soon before Tom's death in 1990.

But frontman John says he wanted to settle his differences with the guitarist - if only for the sake of their mother. Fogerty writes in an excerpt from his memoir Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music: "I'd think about Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, how they had a feud for years, but they reunited and their mother was so happy.

"I wanted to do that with Tom for our mother. So I started a dialogue. I think I wrote him a letter. We talked on the phone at least once." He suggested that each of them wrote down the issues they had against the other, then they could work through them one by one. His own contained eight points, and started with the fact that his brother had sued him over song ownership in 1978. But Tom denied it had happened. Read more here.

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Dan Reed Network Lineup Change Ahead Of Tour

(Classic Rock) Dan Reed Network keyboardist Blake Sakamoto has left the band ahead of their European tour. He'll be replaced by Rob Daiker, a member of mainman Reed's solo band and co-producer of the upcoming DRN album, to be recorded once live dates are completed in November.

Reed says: "For the benefit of his family and philanthropic work, Blake has made the decision that he'll no longer be able to shoulder the responsibilities of recording or being on the road with DRN in the future.

"Blake has been an invaluable and more active ambassador for the band. He always gave 100% on stage and to the public. We wish him well on his continuing creative journey."

Sakamoto explains: "Recent family matters need my immediate attention. Additionally I have existing family needs that are continual. These past few years have narrowed my focus considerably." Read more here.

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Black Stone Cherry Recording New Album

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry have confirmed they're recording their fifth album. The rockers are holed up in Barrick Recording Studio in Glasgow, Kentucky, to work on the follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain. They've signed a deal with Mascot Label Group for the release, due next year.

Guitarist Ben Wells says: "We are proud to announce we've partnered with the Mascot Label Group. Their eclectic roster speaks for itself and we are excited to see how BSC can fit into their mixture of great talent.

"From the employees to the owner of the label, we feel we're amongst a great team and can't wait to start a new cycle with everyone involved." Wells says fans should expect a "back-to-roots" sound on the album. He adds: "We're beyond ready to get new music to your ears." Read more here.

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Saxon Streaming New Song 'Queen Of Hearts

(Classic Rock) NWOBHM veterans Saxon have release a lyric video for their song "Queen Of Hearts," which is track from their forthcoming album "Battering Ram," the follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice.

"With Queen of Hearts I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story," says Biff. "I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. It is a masterpiece of metal and stylistically it is loosely based in Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson."

Battering Ram was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, and will be released on October 16. Biff has described the album as "a clash between the retro Saxon and the modern Saxon."

The band released a video for the title track in July, and will head out on tour in November, before joining Motorhead for their 40th anniversary shows early next year. Stream the new song here.

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Annihilator Release 'Snap' Video

(Classic Rock) Annihilator have released a video for their track Snap. The song is taken from the Canadian metal outfit's latest album Suicide Society, which was issued last month via UDR Music.

Mainman Jeff Waters handled vocal duties on the album after previous singer Dave Padden's decision to leave the band. Waters previously said: "In hindsight, I was lucky to have him for 11 years, because he helped save my butt for quite a few years when, without a singer, I would have tanked."

On Suicide Society, Waters adds: "Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record, but in the words of Joe Perry, 'Let the music do the talking'" Watch the video here.

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Bob Dylan Talks Songwriting With Artificial Intelligence Computer

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan stars in an IBM promotional video where the legendary music star discussing the art of songwriting with an artificial intelligence computer system.

The supercomputer, known as Watson, analyses Dylan's lyrics and comes to the conclusion that most of his output is about passing time and fading love, which he replies: "That sounds about right."

When Watson explains it has never experienced love, Dylan says: "Maybe we should write a song together." But the computer's robotic attempts at singing bring the collaboration to an abrupt end. Watch the video here.

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Yes Announce Spring Tour Of Europe

(Classic Rock) Yes have issued their complete list of 2016 European tour dates. They'll continue on the road with Billy Sherwood in place of Chris Squire, who died earlier this year.

The shows will feature full performances of the band's Fragile and Drama albums, and follow a successful US tour alongside Toto. Guitarist Steve Howe says: "This is the first time we'll be performing Drama in its entirety - and most of the songs haven't been performed in 30 years."

He adds: "It's hard to imagine the future without Chris. He will always be in our thoughts and minds. He was a one-off, larger-than-life human being who brought a serious amount to everything he was part of." See the dates here.

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Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen Credit Fans For Rock Hall Nomination

(hennemusic) Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen has issued a statement on the Rockford, IL band's nomination for the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The band were revealed as 2016 nominees on Thursday alongside Deep Purple, Yes, Steve Miller and The Cars, among others.

"Getting nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is an honor for Cheap Trick," says Nielsen. "We owe it to our fans for keeping us working and relevant. Onward to 2016."

The band's first nomination comes after being eligible for entry since 2002, 25 years since the release of their first single or album. Formed in 1973, the group issued its self-titled debut and follow-up, "In Color", in 1977 and "Heaven Tonight" in 1978 before breaking into the mainstream with the 1979 live album, "At Budokan." Read more here.

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The Treatment Ink Deal For New Album

(Classic Rock) The Treatment have announced that they have signed a deal with Frontiers Music Srl for release of their third album, which they say they will release next year.

They recently wrapped-up a UK tour supporting WASP and hope to release the follow-up to 2014's Running With The Dogs next year. It'll be their first studio work with guitarist Tao Grey and frontman Mitchel Emms, who replaced Matt Jones earlier this year.

The Treatment drummer Dhani Mansworth says: "We are absolutely delighted to announce that the third Treatment album will be released by Frontiers in 2016." Read more here.

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Ex-Pain Of Salvation Star Kristoffer Gildenlow Crowdfunding New Album

(Prog) Former Pain Of Salvation bassist Kristoffer Gildenlow has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his second solo album. He aims to expand on 2012 debut Rust, which was critically acclaimed even though it didn't achieve great sales figures.

Since leaving the band in 2006 he has built up an impressive reputation as a session musician, collaborating with Neal Morse, Damian Wilson and many others.

Gildenlow will release the concept album via Melodic Revolution Records. He says "It's an honour to become a member of the ever-growing MRR family. There are many great musicians and bands in this family already, and they're all very enthusiastic about the label and their work. Let the journey begin!" Read more here.

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Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Doubts Return To Earlier Style

(Prog) Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says he thinks its unlikely he'll ever return to the screaming vocals he used on the band's earlier material. But he reports it's something he'd explore further if new tracks called for that style of sound.

He tells asQme: "Next year I guess we'll focus on new music. When it comes to screams, I don't know. If the songs we write need the screams, they'll be on there.

"I have a feeling that I won't write those kind of songs. I've been screaming for more than 20 years, so I'm not as good as I was. I'm a pretty chilled out person so I don't really have that in me any more.

"I can do it when we're playing some of those old songs. But for me to write new music as aggressively as I wrote 10 or 15 years ago, it's not likely - but you never know." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Blues Star Robben Ford Admits He Almost Went Pop

(The Blues) Robben Ford has recalled how he began to focus on becoming a pop musician because he thought the blues genre was finished. He steeled himself to abandon the music he really wanted to play - until three other artists turned things around.

Ford tells MusicRadar: "I was beginning my solo career, when it really looked to me like the blues was dead. I had even been trying to school myself in pop music, because I really thought that was where I was going to have to go to make a living.

"Suddenly Stevie Ray Vaughan arrived, Robert Cray started getting attention and then John Lee Hooker was a star." The turnaround served him well when he launched 1988 solo album Talk To Your Daughter, and it was nominated for a Grammy award. Read more here.

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Queensryche Stars Unplug For TV Performance

(hennemusic) Queensryche members Todd La Torre, Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren unplugged to perform a pair of songs during an appearance on Las Vegas' KTNV TV program Valley View Live on Wednesday and video of the appearance has been posted online.

The trio played "Arrow Of Time" - the lead single from their newly-released album, "Condition Human" - as well as "Eyes Of A Stranger" from 1988's "Operation: Mindcrime."

The band were on hand to promote a show at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel later that night as openers for The Scorpions on their current North American tour.

Queensryche's 15th album was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) and recorded in the band's native state of Washington. The project marks La Torre's second album with the group following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate. Watch the TV performance here.

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Arcade Fire's Will Butler Recruits Emma Stone For 'Anna' Video

(Radio.com) Arcade Fire's Will Butler has released a new video for "Anna" starring a dancing Emma Stone. This is the second video for "Anna" released in support of Butler's solo set Policy.

The original, a more modest production, featured Butler with an animated graphic treatment providing speech balloons for his lyrics. The new video for was directed by Brantley Gutierrez and superbly choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who previously worked with Sia on"Chandelier."

The new clip finds the actress playing a lady in white, dancing through the rooms of a ship, in and out of the arms of sailors. Check out both videos for "Anna" here.

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Trey Anastasio Looks Back On Grateful Dead Experience

(Radio.com) Three of the four remaining "core members" of the Grateful Dead will be playing a set of shows that start at October's end in New York. Touting themselves as Dead & Company, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by John Mayer. No stranger to playing with the Dead, Trey Anastasio talked about his part in the band's Fare Thee Well tour earlier this year.

In an interview with Relix Magazine (via Billboard), he discussed taking part in the tour, saying, "All I wanted was for them to be happy. It was terrifying for me in that nobody can stand where [Jerry Garcia] stood. But I was there in order for everyone to be together again, one more time, singing these songs."

Before Anastasio set out with the band, pop-star Adam Lambert offered up advice about how to step into a rock god's shoes. Answer: be yourself while paying tribute. 'I think it would have been kind of tacky if I got up there and imitated Freddie," Lambert said in an interview with Radio.com.

One of the biggest things Anastasio learned as a result of playing with the Dead was how to cultivate patience. Weir kept telling Anastasio to slow down on songs. Describing Weir, Anastasio said, "He is patient, comfortable-no rush. Sometimes I'd be like, 'You really want to play this song that slow?'" It was an interesting lesson in letting music breath. Read more here.

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Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Yes Lead 2016 Rock Hall Nominees

For those that missed the breaking news yesterday, long snubbed rock bands Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes and Chicago are among the artists that have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's induction class of 2016.

Other rock related nominees for the class of 2016 include The Cars, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths along with non-rock artists Chaka Khan (funk/disco), Chic (disco), Janet Jackson (pop/R&B), The J.B.'s (James Brown's band), N.W.A. (rap), and the Spinners (R&B).

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. Other reports place the total ballot number at 800.

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

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Singled Out: New Disorder's A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)

New Disorder singer Francesco Lattes tells us about their new video for the song "A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)" from their latest album "Straight To The Pain". Here is the story:

Soon after the release of our second album "Straight To The Pain" in Europe and Japan (early 2015), we thought it was the right time to choose a second single hit and make a meaningful, memorable video of it, as we did with the first single "Never Too Late To Die", anticipating the album and release in November 2014.

We had the idea to launch a poll on our official pages, asking our fans to choose their favorite song of the new album. "A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)" got over 70%, showing itself as the one able to be the "driving force" of the whole album.

This song has a fast verse, with strong and powerful guitars and vocals, and a melodic, emotional chorus, for sure one of the catchiest we've ever written so far. Lyrics are direct and biting, taking free inspiration from current events we often read in the newspaper nowadays.

We love introducing that song in this way: "When dreams and nightmares collide, things have no sense anymore, and love can be close to hate and joy turns into pain. Now, sit down and be the beholder of the movie of your life."

The video is directed by the talented Paul Sciņ and starring our friends and musicians Andrej Surace & Francesca Di Ventura from Heretic's Dream and Alessio Secondini Morelli from Anno Mundi.

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

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