Day in Rock Report for 10/14/2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Suffers Heart Attack

(hennemusic) Gary Rossington, the sole remaining founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, suffered a heart attack on October 8, according to a statement from the band and an online post from his daughter.

Rossington's daughter Mary Elizabeth revealed the news via the Ronnie Van Zant Fan Page on Facebook writing in part, "Dad had a heart attack on Thursday. They went in to repair and unclog the two stents they did previously in the year which had a blood clot, added a third stent to one vein and in two weeks we will need to go in to do a fourth stent in one of his bypassed veins from 12 years ago."

Lynyrd Skynyrd released a statement on Tuesday, saying "As Gary recuperates after suffering a heart attack late last week, the band regrets to announce that they'll be canceling two upcoming performances. Full refunds are available at points of purchase for Friday's show in Terre Haute, IN and the Mt. Pleasant, MI show will be rescheduled in 2016. Gary is currently resting at home with his family and is expected to make a full recovery." Read more here.

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Journey Star Pleads Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges

(hennemusic) Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence stemming from a pair of arrests earlier this year in Salem, Oregon.

The Statesman Journal reports Castronovo, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, two counts of menacing constituting domestic violence, unlawful use of a weapon and coercion.

The drummer received a suspended sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty in court on Monday. While on probation, Castronovo cannot enter into a romantic relationship without permission from his probation officer, use controlled substances or alcohol, contact the victim, leave Oregon or enter into any bars unless for employment purposes, among other things.

Marion County Circuit Judge Jamese Rhoades also required the musician to undergo counseling for domestic violence and drug abuse. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Expand U.S. Tour For The Book Of Souls

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have expanded their 2016 spring US tour in support of their latest album, "The Book Of Souls", with the addition of a second Los Angeles concert due to overwhelming demand.

Following their show at The Forum on April 15, the group will now perform at the famed venue on April 16. The Iron Maiden Fan Club presale for the April 16 show starts on October 14 and tickets go on sale to the general public on October 17.

The band will launch the world tour with three US shows starting February 24 in Fort Lauderdale, FL before hitting Central America for dates in Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Shows in South America follow before a return to the States at the end of March for six more cities and a two-week run across Canada. The band also revealed that they will not be able to add additional U.S. shows due to their schedule. Read more here.

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Mastodon's Troy Sanders Reveals Wife's Breast Cancer Fight

(hennemusic) Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders has revealed that the band cancelled its summer European tour dates following news that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer in July.

The Atlanta band announced that the cancellation was "due to a personal family matter", which Sanders is now sharing with fans. "Although I generally keep to myself and am very private with my personal life, I recognize this as something bigger than me and needs to be shared," posted the bassist on the group's social media sites.

"My wife Jeza was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of this year. She has already begun treatment and her prognosis is very, very good. Early detection saved her life! It may save your life, too. Please encourage the ladies in your life to get screened today."

Jeza also shared her personal experience and family history with the health issue alongside Troy's update, saying that "Breast cancer runs in my family so I've been neurotically checking and re-checking since my early 30's (now 41). I have yearly mammograms like clockwork. This year was no exception." Read more here.

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Lemmy, Josh Homme, Slash, Tom Araya In New Movie Trailer

(Classic Rock) A trailer for rock movie Gutterdammerung has been released - featuring Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, Slash, Tom Araya and Mark Lanegan. Described as 'the loudest silent movie on earth,' the film follows a concept developed by Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose. It'll be shown in cinemas in 2016 while a live band performs for the audience.

On November 12 at The Forum in London, scenes from the movie will be shown at a fan event while star Henry Rollins and Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes will appear live on stage alongside the Gutterdammerung band. After the screening, a Q&A will be held, with Tagemose, Rollins and Hughes taking part.

The film's synopsis reads: "Much in the tradition of classic movies of 1920s Hollywood, the film is mostly silent but instead of a lone piano, a live rock band express the emotions and action while special effects from the film explode to life all around the audience.

"Think of a deafening rock'n'roll version of Secret Cinema taking place in hell and you might just begin to have an idea of what Gutterdammerung is."

It's set in a world where God has saved the world from sin by taking from mankind the Devil's Grail of Sin - a so-called 'Evil Guitar.' Earth has now turned into a puritan world where there's no room for sex, drugs or rock'n'roll. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Former Neck Deep Guitarist Lloyd Roberts Cleared Of Online Allegations

(TeamRock Radio) Former Neck Deep guitarist Lloyd Roberts has been cleared after a series of online allegations were made against him in August. He quit the band immediately to fight the claims - and after an investigation, police say he has no case to answer.

A spokesman for North Wales Police tells the Daily Post: "We can confirm that this matter has been investigated fully and no further action is being taken."

Roberts has issued a statement calling it a "horrendous chapter" in his life, but is adamant he can put the episode behind him. He says: "It has been an immensely difficult time for both me and my family. When these claims surfaced, I'd just become a dad for the first time and so the situation I found myself in with these accusations caused us all a great deal of emotional distress." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Making New Album With Bob Ezrin

(Classic Rock) Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse reveals that the band plan to enter the recording studio with producer Bob Ezrin in January to being recording their 20th album.

They've been working on tracks for the follow-up to 2013's Now What since last year, with bassist Roger Glover confirming they'd been holding writing sessions in Spain.

He tells Guitar Cast: "We've been working on the material, and we have one more session before we actually start recording. Recording is going to be the middle of January and Bob Ezrin is the producer." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Guitarist Collaborated On New Song With Tesla

(Classic Rock) Tesla have revealed they've collaborated with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen on a track which is to be released as a single next year. The band reveal the track written by the Def Leppard man has an "upbeat, catchy melody."

Both bands have been on tour together across North America this summer, and the Leppard man and the Californian outfit have decided to get together to record a song tentatively titled Save That Goodness.

Tesla say: "A man with tremendous energy and love for Tesla, Phil Collen has been hanging out and working with Tesla on new music. A great friend and mentor to the band." Read more here.

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The Whigs Reuniting With Hank Sullivant For Anniversary Show

The Whigs have announced that they will be reuniting with original bassist Hank Sullivant for a special show next year celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album "Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip."

Sullivant will be playing with singer/guitarist Parker Gispert and drummer Julian Dorio for the first time since 2006 when they take the stage for the special anniversary show on January 23, 2016 at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga.

Gispert had the following to say, "Holy moly we are so pumped to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our debut album. The 40 Watt may well be America's greatest club and we plan on bringing the rock to Athens, Ga., the city that gave us our start."

The current lineup of the group, featuring Gispert, Dorio and Timothy Deaux, have announced a special two night engagement at Aisle 5 in Atlanta on December 18th and 19th which will feature a career spanning set list that the band plans to film and record for a forthcoming live release.

In addition, The Whigs will also be playing a special New Year's Eve show in Nashville with King Of Leon, Chris Stapleton and Wild Cub as part of the Jack Daniel's Bash On Broadway festivities. See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Falling In Reverse and Atreyu Launching Christmas Vacation Tour

Falling In Reverse and Atreyu have announced that they are teaming up for the Christmas Vacation Tour which will feature support from Ashes to New and Assuming We Survive.

The short North American trek will be kicking off on December 11th in Boulder, CO at the Boulder Theater and concluding on December 20th in Fresno, CA at the Woodward Rotary Amphitheatre.

Falling In Reverse will also be hitting the road for the Supervillains tour of the U.S. next month which will also feature Attila, Metro Station, and Assuming We Survive. See all of the tour dates here.

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Walter Trout Streaming New Song 'Please Take Me Home'

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has made another track from his upcoming album available to stream. Please Take Me Home is taken from the album Battle Scars, released on October 23 via Provogue Records. The release will be followed by a November UK tour.

He's previously streamed the tracks Tomorrow Seems So Far Away and Almost Gone. The album reflects on Trout's battle with liver disease and the transplant that saved his life.

He says: "I'm thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music. I feel that I'm reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I'm incredibly happy and grateful." Stream the new song here.

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Danzig Paying Tribute To His Influences With Skeletons Release

(Classic Rock) Danzig's covers album Skeletons will be released next month, he's confirmed. It arrives on November 27 via Evilive/AFM and features cover versions of 10 tracks by artists including Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and the Troggs. It also includes his take on Elvis Presley's Let Yourself Go. He's also working on a separate EP of Elvis covers.

Danzig says: "These are my skeletons. You may or may not know that I dig these songs. You could say that some of this music is the actual basis and skeleton of what I listened to growing up - ultimately informing the kind of music I like.

"It's the foundation. If you took Elvis and Sabbath out of my life, I probably wouldn't be the Glenn Danzig you know. I'm glad both sides are represented on this record."

As for his Elvis tribute, he adds: "It's also something that I didn't think anyone would necessarily expect. When you tell them you're going to do an Elvis cover, they expect something they know. Not a lot of people know this one. It's actually on the 68 Comeback Special, and it's worth going back to." Check out the cover art and tracklisting here.

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New Years Day Release 'Malevolence' Video

(TeamRock Radio) New Years Day have released a video for their song Malevolence, the title track from their third album, which was released earlier this month via Another Century Records.

Vocalist Ashley Costello recently told Metal Hammer that her approach to songwriting has changed dramatically over the years - and admitted she had a "love-hate relationship" with the process.

She said: "In the early days, I wrote a lot about heartbreak, breaking up with your boyfriend, the typical stuff. Then a year or two ago it was more about family. My dad is estranged, so I finally opened up about that in Let Me Down.

"Malevolence has nothing about romance or family - it's all about betrayal from every corner. Everyone has the capability to stab you in the back." Watch the video here.

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Anna Von Hausswolff Releases 'Evocation' Video

(Prog) Anna Von Hausswolff has released a video for her track Evocation, which comes from her forthcoming album The Miraculous, out November 13 and follows a stream of her 10-minute epic Come Wander With Me/Deliverance.

Von Hausswolff says: "Evocation is a poetic journey into a memory. It's about trying to understand a place better by remembering its history. It's about the terror, fascination and beauty that comes with the recollection of the past."

She'll also tour in support of the follow-up to 2012's Ceremony, with nine December dates planned including a show at London's Oslo on the 8th of the month.

The Miraculous also features drummer Ulrik Ording, keyboardist Filip Leyman, and guitarists Joel Fabiansson and Karl Vento. Watch the video here.

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Maynard James Keenan Fought Uphill Battle For Puscifer Success

(Classic Rock) Puscifer mainman Maynard James Keenan says the band have fought an uphill battle to get noticed because of the decline of the music industry. He reports there's no formula to achieving recognition these days - and it's forced the group to rely on their own initiative.

The Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman tells Metal Hammer: "From the time we started recording our first album until we released it, the industry disappeared.

"So Puscifer, as an independent band, we've fought an uphill battle to develop an identity. Because there's no longer that machine to plop us in front of you to say 'this is a thing.'

"You don't see it because there's no longer that beaten-path formula. We're not in Billboard, so we don't exist. We don't exist to most people because we don't appear in those boring, archaic spaces."

He comparers the situation to that of his wine company Caduceus Cellars, who've been a success without outside help. Read more here.

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X Japan Streaming New Single 'Born To Be Free'

(Classic Rock) X Japan have released a stream of their new single, Born To Be Free. Released on November 6, it's a song the band have performed regularly at live shows but has never previously been recorded.

"We are very happy to be debuting our new single, Born To Be Free, through Metal Hammer UK," says band leader Yoshiki. "We are excited and very pleased with how the new album is going and the single is a really good taster. As soon as I started composing Born To Be Free, I knew it was going to be a special song for X Japan. We want people to interpret the song as a reflection of their personal journey. All of us are born free to dream what we want without any limits."

Born To Be Free is taken from the band's forthcoming album - their first in 20 years - which will be released on March 11 2016 and is the follow-up to 1996's Dahlia. The album was recorded at Yoshiki's home studio in Los Angeles and mixed by engineer Chris Lord-Alge, who has previously worked with the likes of Prince, Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.

The album's launch will be celebrated at a multimedia event known as #XDAY at Wembley Arena in London, which will take place the day after the album's release, on March 12. The event will include a X Japan live show and the world premiere of a documentary about the band, from Searching For Sugarman producer John Battsek and Stones In Exile director Stephen Kijak. Tickets are on sale now. "We can't wait to get over to Europe for the Wembley Show," says Yoshiki. Read more and stream the song here.

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Gong Release 'Syllabub' Music Video

(Prog) Gong have released a video for their track Syllabub exclusively with Prog. The song is taken from the group's latest album, 2014's I See You. Gong this month confirmed they'd release a follow-up to the album in late 2016.

It'll be their first work since the death of founder Daevid Allen. Meanwhile, Gong have named the support acts for their UK tour which kicks off on October 20 at Bilston's Robin 2. That night's show will feature Progoctopus and Here & Now, while Teeth Of The Sea will be in support for the October 21 date at London Dingwalls.

Andy Bole supports at the Leicester Musician on October 22, while Dead Otter help out at Glasgow's Audio the following night. Trojan Horse support at Manchester venue Band On The Wall on October 24, and Mugstar open the show at Liverpool's Kazimier on November 3. Watch the video here.

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Exodus Announce Blood In Blood Out European Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Exodus have announced that they will be launching a widespread European tour for early next year - including 17 UK and Ireland dates, in support of their latest album Blood In Blood Out. It featured Zetro's return to the band following a decade away.

The San Francisco Bay Area thrash heroes kick off the trek in Birmingham on February 26 and follow up the British Isles leg with shows in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.

Frontman Steve 'Zetro' Souza says: "Can't wait to get back to the UK to hang out with all the British Exo maniacs. We only did London and Manchester last time and it was f***ing bonkers. Looking forward to a more in depth UK jaunt, so get ready for the Exodus invasion in Great Britain. It's gonna get violent." See the dates here.

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Caligula's Horse Release 'Firelight' Video

(Prog) Aussie prog metallers Caligula's Horse have released a new video for the song "Firelight" a track from their third LP 'Bloom', which is set to be released later this week.

Speaking to Metal Hammer about the songs, vocalist Jim Grey says the song is dedicated to "those we've lost." He says, "It's a reminder not to dwell in mourning and melancholy, but to celebrate life in all its fragility.

"It's a bright and uplifting song, but bittersweet. I look forward to joining with the voices of all our fans when we take this tune on the road!" Watch the new video here.

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Chris Cornell Unplugs For 'Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart' Performance

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell unplugged for an acoustic version of his new single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart", recently on SiriusXM and video of the performance has been posted online.

The song is the lead track from Cornell's recently issued fourth solo album, "Higher Truth." The follow-up to 2009's "Scream" was recorded earlier this year in Seattle with producer Brendan O'Brien.

The official video for the single - directed by Jessie Hill - sees Cornell make his acting debut in a Wild West setting alongside cameos by Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Heroes, The Expendables) and W. Earl Brown (Deadwood).

The Soundgarden frontman is currently playing dates on a 6-week theater tour of North America to promote the project. Check out the unplugged performances here.

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