Day in Rock Report for 10/15/2015

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Forced To Miss Show Due To Injury

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee is suffering from tendinitis which forced the band to play without him at the Buffalo, New York stop of their farewell tour on Wednesday night (October 14th).

Lee tweeted the bad news to fans yesterday before the show, "im so sorry to say that i'm unable to play drums tonight guys!! i woke up at 3am with tendinitis!! f***!!! cant even hold a drumstick!"

He quickly followed up, "Dr. said not playing tonight and tomorrow the inflamation should go down to hopefully play the next show @ Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport"

Motley Crue recruited Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel to fill in for Lee. Sobel explained what happened via his Facebook page. He recapped the experience for fans following the show with the following post, "So today at 12:30pm I got a call from Motley Crüe management about me filling in for Tommy Lee who has a hurt wrist. After our Alice Cooper set, I rocked a set w/ Crue here in Buffalo, NY. It's been an insane day of prep & making cheat sheets.

"I can't describe what an honor its been to rock tonight with Vince, Mick, Nikki & Tommy who was handling some of the electronics and cueing me through the in ear monitors from side stage. No- I did not do the Cruecify drum solo. But I played with the guys for the finale of Home Sweet Home on the hydraulic stage by front of house.

"It's one of those things- had I known when I was a kid this would happen one day----you get the picture. Here's to hoping Tommy Lee's wrist heals up quickly. I'm familiar with the experience of playing though pain while being on tour. It isn't fun.

"Thx to all my Alice band mates & crew members (especially Michael Miller & Nick Engle) for making this day run smooth, and of course Alice for having me out on this amazing tour. See you at the next show!"

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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Angered Over Poor Health Claims

(Classic Rock) Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says that he was fit enough to continue playing with Ozzy Osbourne and co, despite his former bandmates' claims to the contrary.

He left the band in 2012 ahead of the making of 13, with the group staying he was too ill to take part in their reunion. Ward has disputed this point, stating the claims only materialized after he refused to agree to a contract he regarded as "unsignable."

He tells Ghost Cult: "I spent nearly a year with Black Sabbath, working on what would have been the 13 album. I was never in a position where I was never able to drum. It's really sad that those statements made about me that inferred that I wasn't able to drum.

"Never at any time was my drumming impaired, my health impaired or my ability to play drums. I'm so angry about those suggestions." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Releasing Free Digital EP

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine will release a free digital EP this week featuring four live tracks. Live From Kingston was recorded during the band's performance in the UK at the Kingston-Upon-Thames Hippodrome in September.

It's being made available from October 16 (Friday) via Google Play, and in the US is being bundled with a Google Play exclusive deluxe edition of latest album Venom to be issued on the same day.

The digital EP features Your Betrayal, Army Of Noise, The Last Fight and Tears Don't Fall, while the Venom deluxe edition has those tracks as well as Waking The Demon and Worthless from the Kingston gig. Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Rare Acoustic Performance

(Radio.com) The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that they will be unplugging for a rare acoustic performance at The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit this coming weekend.

Flea and Anthony Kiedis on Wednesday announced the details of the event to benefit the music education organization, which will be held this Saturday, October 17th.

John Legend will headline the benefit along with jazz legend Kamasi Washington, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform the rare acoustic set. Read more here.

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Godsmack Giving Away New Song 'Inside Yourself'

Godsmack surprised fans on Wednesday by offering them a free download of a new song called "Inside Yourself". The band has made the recently recorded track available on their official website for a limited time.

Frontman Sully Erna had the following to say about why they decided to giveaway track, "To all radio stations, programming directors and most importantly, our FANS! Here's something fun we recently recorded just for you!

"Year after year you have shown us nothing but love and loyalty by purchasing our music, playing our songs, and attending our live shows. You have ALL been a critical part of this band's success for the last 18 years, and it doesn't go unnoticed.

"So to show our appreciation, we would like to gift you our new song 'Inside Yourself' and say Thank You for always having our back!" Fans can download the track here while it's still available.

Erna goes on to explain the theme of the song, "This is a song about equality for all! Understanding that no one is worthless or any lesser than the next person. We are all equally important as human beings and should be treated that way. And for those of you who feel the need to cut others down to make yourself look superior, you seriously need to take a good look 'inside yourself'. This one is on us! Enjoy!"

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Iron Maiden Share Eerie Number Of The Beast Story

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris has recalled how their producer was so affected by strange goings-on during sessions for The Number Of The Beast that he refused to pay a garage bill which totaled 666 British pounds.

He says producer Martin Birch was so spooked when a car repair bill came to £666 that he insisted on paying an extra pound. It was just one of a series of eerie coincidences which followed the band during the recording of their iconic album, with Clive Burr and Bruce Dickinson also weighing in with their own memories from the time in the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine.

Harris says: "One weird thing that happened was that Martin went to get his car repaired after it had been in an accident, and the bill came to £666. He was so freaked out that he insisted the garage charged him £667. It must have been the first time that garage had ever come across someone who demanded to pay more." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Working On New Book

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine has revealed that he's working on a follow-up to his 2010 autobiography. The Megadeth frontman's book, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir, was penned in collaboration with New York Times journalist Joe Layden. In the UK, it was titled Mustaine: A Life In Metal.

Asked by a fan on Twitter if he ever planned to release another book, Mustaine says: "Yes. In fact, I started last summer. It will be a while though."

Asked to recommend any other rock autobiographies, Mustaine adds: "Sad to say most of my peers' memoirs are self-promoting f***/drug-ologues of how high they got or how low they scrape." See his posts here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Dream Of Being The Next Metallica

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael admits he dreams of seeing his band reach the level of Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath - but he concedes it could be "unattainable."

Kael hopes they can scale the heights of the biggest groups in the business and achieve festival headliner status and says they'll plough on to achieve their goal.

He tells Talk Toomey: "We are definitely poised. That's never something that you would expect or say, 'Oh, yeah, we're gonna be the next Black Sabbath.' I didn't think I was gonna be in the next FFDP, let alone Black Sabbath. But we are in a position where we've got a ton of fans out there. We've sold millions of records.

"Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden - in my own head, that's unattainable. Those are special bands and I definitely hold them up in high regard on the shelf.

"Would I like to be there? F*** yes - playing those huge shows and stepping into those shoes and filling them. But that's something you really can't ever expect to happen. It just kind of happens. And that's based on the fans." Read more here.

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Korn Set Release For Limited Edition Book

Korn have announced that their career-spanning limited edition photo book "Korn: Est. 1994" will be released on October 27th in both a standard and a deluxe package.

According to the announcement, the 300-page hard cover book will "include images from two decades of archives paired with brand new notes, stories and commentary from band members."

The band is taking pre-orders for the book (until October 20th) on Pledge Music for both the standard edition (priced at $55) and a deluxe package that includes the book and a limited edition litho print of the group's debut album art that is being sold for $90.

Korn will also be selling copies of the book at the final seven stops of their current North American 20th Anniversary Tour, beginning next Tuesday (October 20th), in Dallas. See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Star Reassures Fans Following Heart Attack

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington released a message for fans on Wednesday thanking them for their support and giving them an update on his progress as he recovers from a heart attack that he suffered last Thursday, October 8.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for all the well wishes and support," says Rossington. "I am feeling better and taking it one day at a time and getting excellent care and support from my doctor and family. I will be back before you know it! It's gonna take more than a lil ole heart attack to keep me down… Much love and see you all soon!"

Rossington's daughter, Mary Elizabeth, broke the news on Sunday, saying "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."

Both his daughter and the band have issued statements saying that Rossington is expected to make a full recovery. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Release Classic Performance Video of 'Harlem Shuffle'

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have released a video of their performance of "The Harlem Shuffle" as a preview to the forthcoming package, "From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990."

Originally recorded by the duo of Bob & Earl in 1963, the R&B tune was covered by the group and released as the lead single for their 1986 album, "Dirty Work."

Due October 30 on DVD and Blu-ray, the set is the fifth package in the Stones "From The Vault" series following "Brussels Affair (Live 1973)", "Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981)", "L.A. Forum (Live 1975)" and "Live At The Marquee (Live 1971)."

Newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain, the show was one of ten the group played at the venue as part of a world tour in support of 1989's "Steel Wheels."

The live shows also marked the first series of concerts the band had ever performed in Japan. "From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990" will be available as a 3-DVD and Blu-ray set, as well as a 4-LP+DVD package which will be issued on November 13. Watch the video here.

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Rush Release Live 'Jacob's Ladder' Video

(hennemusic) Rush have released a video of their performance of their 1980 song, "Jacob's Ladder", as a preview to the forthcoming "R40 Live" release. The tune from the band's seventh album, "Permanent Waves", follows the debut of the lead track, "Roll The Bones", from the package set for release on November 20.

Available as a 3CD/Blu-ray or DVD set as well as standalone options for the film or live album, "R40 Live" captures the band in concert in their hometown of Toronto over two nights this past June.

The concerts at the Air Canada Centre marked the first time Rush have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years, dating back to a 1997 recording at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test For Echo tour.

Prior to that, the group filmed a concert video and later released an accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse), the new live release is named after Rush's 40th anniversary box set, "R40." Watch the video here.

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Former Immortal Frontman Abbath Says He Was Forced To Go Solo

(TeamRock Radio) Former Immortal frontman Abbath says he was axed by his ex bandmates "for the wrong reasons." Abbath, aka Olve Eikemo, has started a new band under his own name after a failed legal bid to secure rights to the Immortal name last year. The move was blocked by guitarist Harald 'Demonaz' Navdal and drummer Reidar 'Horgh' Horghagen who are working on material under the Immortal banner.

Now Abbath has opened up on the split. He tells The Music: "I feel like I've been fired. It was never my intention to go solo but I really feel like I've been forced into it. Apparently they are going to continue on without me and that's fine - but it was very disappointing that no-one, not even Nuclear Blast, wanted to hear my side of the story.

"The other guys wanted to do things solely on their timetable and also claimed that I need to go to rehab, which was just nonsense because I've always delivered, live and in the studio. My plan was to go into the studio last year. If I had my way Immortal would have been on tour right now." Read more here.

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Zombi Streaming New Album 'Shape Shift' Online

(Prog) Zombi are giving fans an listen to their entire new album "Shape Shift" with the release of an online stream of the effort coincide with the effort's official release today.

"Shape Shift" is Steve Moore and AE Paterra's first full-length studio album since 2011's Escape Velocity. It was released via Relapse Records today, October 15.

Moore said of the album: "There are no techno jams or symphonic prog fantasies. No solo track interludes. We have officially moved from 'studio project' mode back into 'live band' mode."

The duo will hit the road across North America next month to support the release. See the dates and stream the new album here.

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Stereophonics Release 'Song for the Summer' Video

(Classic Rock) Stereophonics have released a video for "Song for the Summer," which comes from the band's Keep The Village Alive album, the follow-up to 2013's Graffiti on the Train.

Song For The Summer will be released on November 27. "I'm really proud of this album," said singer Kelly Jones in an interview with Classic Rock earlier this year.

"I'm really proud of each of the songs, obviously, but I'm also really proud of the variety of the songs on there. I think we cover a lot of ground and do it really well. I don't think there are many bands that do that." Watch the video here.

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Graveyard Johnnys Release 'Little Witch' Video

(Classic Rock) Graveyard Johnnys have released a video for Little Witch, which is a track that comes from the band's Dead Transmission album, the follow-up to 2011's Songs From Better Days.

"We all have that one person we wish we'd never met, and sometimes it's hard to bite your tongue and let them carry on," says frontman Joe Grogan. "Little Witch is about that moment you just f***ing flip and let them have it."

Dead Transmission, which the band describe as "piss and vinegar in places, affectionate in others, but rocking everywhere," is out now on Bomber Music. Graveyard Johnnys head out on a European tour this month. Grab the dates and watch the video here.

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Enter Shikari Streaming 'The Last Garrison' Remix

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari are streaming an S.P.Y remix of their track The Last Garrison, which comes from the band's upcoming album The Mindsweep: Hospitalised.

Released on October 30 via Ambush Reality/Play It Again Sam, the remix album is a collaboration between the group and London-based drum & bass specialist label Hospital Records.

It's described as a companion to the band's most recent album The Mindsweep and sees every track on that record reimagined by artists including Metrik, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd, London Elektricity and Keeno.

In the days before and after the release of The Mindsweep: Hospitalised, Enter Shikari will embark on a run of in-store singings around the UK. Check out the remix here.

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Can's Irmin Schmidt Releasing 12-Disc Box Set

(Prog) Founding Can member Irmin Schmidt will release a 12 CD box set focusing on his solo work on November 20. It'll be issued via Mute/Spoon Records and they've made the track Why Not, which features on the soundtrack to Stephan Wagner's 2012 film Losegeld, available to stream.

Entitled Electro Violet, the collection spans his career from 1981 to the present day, and features the albums Toy Planet, Musk At Dusk, Impossible Holidays, Gormenghast - A Fantasy Opera, Masters Of Confusion and Axolotl Eyes.

The rest of the set consists of Schmidt's sizeable soundtrack and composition work and includes the previously unreleased album Film Musik Anthology Vol. 6.

The box set also comes bundled with an 80-page booklet featuring notes from journalist Max Dax and Schmidt, while each album will be housed in individual gatefold sleeves with artwork provided by Berlin-based artist Franek. Stream the song and check out the disc details for the box set here.

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Drowning Pool Announce New Album 'Hellelujah'

(TeamRock Radio) Drowning Pool have announced that they will be releasing their sixth album in 2016. It'll be titled Hellelujah and will be available from January 22 via eOne Music.

They signed with the label earlier this year for the follow-up to 2013's Resilience and they plan on revealing the first track from the record in the near future.

They tell Revolver: "We're excited as hell to announce the release of our new record. This is the most metal record from Drowning Pool to date. Be on the lookout for the new single. Can we get a Hellelujah?" Read more here.

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ZZ Ward Inspired By Inner Demons On Forthcoming Album

(The Blues) ZZ Ward says that material on her upcoming second album This Means War was inspired by her inner battles while she was in a seemingly perfect relationship.

The record is set for release on March 4 via Hollywood Records, with the singer-songwriter admitting ideas for the follow-up to 2012's Til The Casket Drops came to her when she least expected.

She tells LA Weekly: "I was in a relationship and so excited by that, but realizing I have all these demons inside myself that are not going away anytime soon, or probably ever.

"I thought getting into a relationship would fix all my problems, and if I found the right person, everything would just be perfect. And I found that was far from the truth."

She continues: "Even when you find yourself in a relationship - one you like and want to be in - it makes you self-reflect. It shined the light on my shortcomings." Read more here.

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Carnifex Announce The Decade Of Despair Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Carnifex have announced a European winter tour which includes four UK dates. The US deathcore outfit hit the road in Europe on December 3, starting with a show in Cologne, Germany.

They will be launching The Decade Of Despair Tour in support of the group's latest album Die Without Hope and the trek also marks the celebration of their 10-year anniversary.

Bassist Fred Calderon says: "This is the pinnacle moment you're gonna see. If you're not there, you're not gonna be a part of this chapter that we're embarking on. This is the turning point. This isn't Carnifex 2.0, this isn't the second part because the band's already had so many chapters, but it's a key turning point for where the band's gonna go next."

Drummer Shawn Cameron promises a new-look stage show. He adds: "We're upping our stage production and trying to give more visual appeal - give you a little bit more."

Check out the dates and a mini-documentary about the tour here.

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Skindred Release Video For Volume Title Track

(TeamRock Radio) Skindred have released a video for "Volume," the title track from their upcoming sixth album. The ragga metal outfit release Volume on October 30 via Napalm Records. It's followed by a UK tour featuring support from (hed) p.e. and Yashin. View the video below.

Frontman Benji Webbe said of his aims for the album: "I want to be that guy who encourages somebody. All my favorite records have said something to me personally, and that's what I want to portray in Skindred."

The band previously issued a video for Volume's lead track, Under Attack. Meanwhile, Skindred have announced Chemia and Deadly Circus Fire as the support acts for their upcoming European winter tour. Watch the new video here.

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