Day in Rock Report for 10/26/2015

Slipknot Robbed During Recent Concert

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is asking for help to recover a guitar that was stolen while he was on stage. Root's custom satin silver Fender went missing from the band's backstage rehearsal area while they were performing at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, last Thursday night.

Root's girlfriend Cristina Scabbia, vocalist with Lacuna Coil, says in an Instagram post: "If you're a real fan, I can understand you want to have something that belongs to your idol. But that's the wrong way to do it and it is depriving another person of something that might mean memories and something more than an 'item.'

"If whoever got this guitar is reading this, please take it back or send me a private message. We can all do something stupid and taking it back is what can bring a lot of honor back to you. From zero to hero. Think about it and be a man."

The guitar is described as having "a patina copper pick guard". Root says on his own Instagram: "This was just stolen from our jam room at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. While we were on stage. F***ing thieves. Nothing worse." See the full posts here.

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Ritchie Blackmore To Play Another Deep Purple/Rainbow Show

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore has confirmed the second in a series of Best of Rainbow and Deep Purple shows planned for 2016 where the legendary guitarist will return to his rock roots to perform songs from the famed bands.

Blackmore will perform at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Loreley, Germany on June 17 ahead of his previously-announced appearance at the same event in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18.

Blackmore departed Deep Purple for the second time in 1993 and has been focusing his energies since 1997 on Blackmore's Night, a medieval folk band he formed with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night.

"I'm now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days," the guitarist tells Billboard. "We're going to do four or five dates" - most likely in England, Germany and Sweden - "of just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow.

"I'm doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he's a cross between Ronnie James Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice." Read more here.

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Dave Mustaine Explains Megadeth's New Album Title

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine says the title of Megadeth's 15th album is a statement on the "decline in how people treat one another." The thrash giants will release Dystopia on January 22, featuring new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler.

Mustaine tells Heavy: "I've had this outlook for a long time that the world is a really good place with some bad people in it. Others might think the opposite. But I think if you were to take a consensus of people, they know the difference between right and wrong.

"People have manners and morals - but lately there's been a decline in how people treat one another. That's where Dystopia comes in. If people don't start loving each other and helping those in need then when that becomes more important than power, fame or money then I think we're going to be okay."

Mustaine feels Dystopia has a similar feel to Megadeth's acclaimed second album Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? He says: "I'm so happy with it. It reminds me of when we recorded Peace Sells… because it has that excitement." Read more here.

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Aborted's Halloween Concert Canceled After Parent Complains

(TeamRock Radio) Aborted have had to cancel a scheduled Halloween gig in Dubai after a complaint about the content of their lyrics and videos. The Belgian band say the United Arab Emirates government put pressure on the promoter to pull the plug on the show at the city's Music Room venue after an angry letter from a member of the public.

In a statement, Aborted say: "It is with great sadness we have to announce that our show on Halloween is cancelled. We received notice from the promoter today that an angry parent had written the authorities about us performing and being appalled by our lyrics, themes, videos and the government decided to force the promoter to cancel and prosecute them.

"Flights were booked, everything was arranged by both the promoter and us. We are in 2015 and it saddens us that these kind of practices still happen and people can not seem to understand that this music genre is about release and especially for a band like us, about fun. Sure, delicious gory fun, but we all know how to take death metal lyrics, right?" Read more here.

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Volumes' Nick Ursich Returning Home After Four Hospitalizations On Tour

Volumes drummer Nick Ursich is returning home today (Oct 26) after being hospitalized several times during the band's current European tour with Northlane, The Acacia Strain and Hellions.

The band announced this weekend that they have flown in a fill-in drummer for the rest of the trek while Ursich returns home to recover from a surgery he was forced to have on an infected cyst.

The band explained the medical situation with the following statement last week, "We are extremely heart broken we are not able to perform for you. Our drummer Nick Ursich had an infected cyst where he sits down to play drums. At first he kept complaining about something near his tailbone.

"Two hospitals in Spain and Switzerland told him nothing was wrong, until we went to a third in Germany and they had to operate on him immediately to remove and drain it out.

"Maintaining the wound has been hard on tour so now he is back in a fourth hospital, where he may stay overnight. More updates to come. To fly across the world and not able to perform hurts us more than anything.

"Please keep Nick Ursich in your prayers! Budapest is offering discounted rates if you keep your ticket for our next show there. We love you so much, and we will be back again in 2016 with a brand new album."

The band later revealed in a series of tweets their plans for completing the tour, "We decided it's best for [Nick] to fly home Monday & get better as he's suffering from multiple set-backs, currently in the hospital."

They added, "We have flown in Max Schad (Musician/Engineer/Producer) from Venice Beach, California to fill in on drums."

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Ozzy Osbourne Fronted Billy Morrison Song Streaming Online

(Classic Rock) Billy Idol and former Cult guitarist Billy Morrison has released an online stream of his new track Gods, featuring guest vocals from Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne.

It's taken from Morrison's album God Shaped Hole, which also features Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The trio previously worked together in live covers band Camp Freddy.

Morrison recently explained: "I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I'd disappeared to. I told him I'd decided to record a solo album and the next text back was, 'I want to sing!'" Stream the new song here.

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David Bowie Celebrating 69th Birthday With New Album Release

(hennemusic) David Bowie has officially confirmed plans to release a new album, "Blackstar", on his 69th birthday in January. Following various media reports speculating about the project, Bowie's camp issued word the album will be available on January 8 and that the title track will be the lead single and due for release on November 20.

The singer also confirmed that, contrary to reports, the song is not part of his new stage musical, "Lazarus", which will see its world premiere this fall in New York starting November 18.

Earlier this month, Bowie previewed the "Blackstar" title track as the theme for a new crime series, The Last Panthers, premiering on Sky Atlantic in November.

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

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Lamb Of God Song Used In TV Horror Game Show Preview

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God track 512 has been used by the makers of a US TV game show with a horror theme. Hellevator is broadcast on Game Show Network, and producers asked the band for the tie-in to promote the upcoming series.

The lyrics were inspired by frontman Randy Blythe's ordeal in a Czech prison in 2012, before he was acquitted of the manslaughter of a fan. He was assigned to cell number 512 while he waited to be allowed home. The track appears on latest album VII: Sturm Und Drang.

Blythe says: "Our fascination with the horrors of history - which is part of the theme of our album - is also evidenced in Hellevator, and the tone of the show is a perfect fit with the vibe of 512.

"Much like our music, the show takes you to a place you're not sure you want to go to. But if you're brave enough, it's an amazing experience." Check out the show trailer here.

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Fleetwood Mac Expand 'Tusk' For Deluxe Reissue

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac will release an expanded reissue of their 1979 double album, "Tusk", on December 4. The band's 12th record had the onerous task of following up their most successful record, 1977's "Rumours."

The band revisits "Tusk" with a 5CD/1DVD/2 LP Deluxe Edition featuring the remastered original album and a complete alternate version from session outtakes, as well as an additional selection of singles, demos and remixes, and 22 unreleased live performances from the band's 1979 Tusk tour; a 5.1 surround mix on DVD-Audio and vinyl of the original album on 2-LPs rounds out the set.

A 3CD Expanded Edition presents the same elements as the Deluxe Edition without the 2-discs of live material, while a 1-disc remastered version will also be available. Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Rocks Van Halen Classic At 49ers Game

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar performed Van Halen's 1991 classic, "Right Now", during a special halftime performance at the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on October 22 and video of the performance has been posted online.

Hagar was joined by guitarist Vic Johnson for the event, which was broadcast as part of CBS' Thursday Night Football lineup. While Hagar's set was not shown by CBS, the Red Rocker has recently made claims that Alex and Eddie Van Halen are trying to prevent him from performing songs from the band's Van Hagar-era.

Hagar continues to play material from his time in the group when he performs solo and with any of the supergroups he's a part of - the latest being The Circle, with bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.

Hagar says he discovered the issue when he was a taping of his appearance on television earlier this year. "I'd like this to be known," Hagar told 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." Watch Sammy's performance from the 49ers game here.

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Rolling Stones 1982 Leeds Performance Set For DVD and Album Release

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones will release "From The Vault: Live In Leeds Roundhay Park 1982" on DVD and Blu-ray on November 20th and they are previewing the project with a video of their performance of their 1978 "Some Girls" track, "When The Whip Comes Down."

The finale of the band's 1982 European tour in support of "Tattoo You" also marked pianist Ian Stewart's last show before his passing in 1985 and the group's final live performance for 7 years.

The Leeds footage has been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official video release of the show. "From the Vault: Live In Leeds Roundhay Park 1982" will be available on DVD, SD Blu-ray, DVD+2CD and DVD+3LP. Check out the tracklist and watch the preview video here.

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Mike Portnoy Defends Metallica's Lars Ulrich

(Classic Rock) Mike Portnoy says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's stage presence more than makes up for any perceived lack of technical expertise. The former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs drummer is widely regarded as one of the best in the business, while Metallica's sticksman has taken flak in the past for his level of skill behind the kit.

But Portnoy insists he'd rather watch Ulrich entertaining the crowd instead of a technical wizard any day of the week. He tells Sticks For Stones: "I don't judge drummers based on their technical ability - I judge them based on the overall package and what they bring to the music they're part of.

"What Lars brings to the music of Metallica is absolutely invaluable. So I could care less if his meter might be slightly up and down, or if his fills are slightly sloppy. I don't care about that. There's way more to being a good drummer than precision and technique."

He continues: "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Lars, even though he takes a beating in the drum community. He's been a tremendous asset to Metallica, not only as a writer, but as a businessman, his abilities to market things, his ability to arrange music and his performance on stage He's a very animated player on stage." Watch the full interview here.

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UK Subs Reveal Final Album Plans

(Classic Rock) UK Subs have confirmed that they'll begin work on their 26th and final album next month. The punk icons have followed a sequential 'alphabet' process for their previous 25 albums starting with 1979's Another Kind Of Blues. Their final effort's title will begin with the letter Z, with the band mooting the possible title Ziezo. It will be the follow-up to this year's Yellow Leader.

In a statement, Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jamie Oliver and Jet say: "The UK Subs will embark on the making of our 26th and final official album next month. As some of you already know, each former LP, starting with Another Kind Of Blues released in 1979, has a primary title letter taken from the alphabet in sequential order.

"This new record will fulfill and complete that tradition by utilizing a title that will begin with the letter Z. It is, to our knowledge, the first time any band has succeeded in this, and in recognition of its significance we have decided that no other Subs album will be forthcoming after this concluding LP." Read more here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Draws Inspiration From Ronnie James Dio

(Classic Rock) Rob Halford says he listens to Ronnie James Dio to get himself in the right frame of mind before a gig. The Judas Priest frontman has always been a fan of the late Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Heaven & Hell singer, and he has revealed that Dio is his number one inspiration as a vocalist.

Halford tells OC Weekly: "I always listen to Ronnie before I go on stage with Priest because I find his voice invigorating. It gets my blood pumping and gets me in the zone before I go out and do my thing with Priest. I pretty much listen to him almost every time.

"I listen to Ronnie for so many weeks at a time. I find his voice so inspiring and so powerful for me as a singer. He was a very influential singer. If you listen to him now, you can almost imagine what he was like behind the mic in the studio because he's so committed.

"You can tell in his delivery, presence and performance. It's almost as if he's just recorded it and laid the track down last week. That's the great thing about Ronnie - he had that kind of engineered dynamic that is very difficult to capture in the studio, but he delivered that at every show night after night." Read more here.

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S.O.D. Plan 30th Anniversary Reissue Of 'Speak English Or Die'

(Classic Rock) The 30th anniversary of S.O.D.'s debut album Speak English Or Die will be marked with a reissue next month. Megaforce will release the package on November 27th

The reissue is expected to include the original album as well as early demos by Crab Society North, the band that spawned Stormtroopers Of Death (S.O.D).

The band was a side project for Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, who recruited Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, former Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker and Psychos member Billy Milano, who handled vocals. Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria's New Album Their Most Aggressive In 15 Years

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce says the band's next album will be their most aggressive and raw since 2011's Reckless & Relentless. He's confirmed that recording of their first title with frontman Denis Stoff is complete, and they're only waiting for the final mixes to be completed.

Bruce tells Kerrang: "After we spent the last two years writing for this record, a lot of that ended up getting scratched when Denis joined, and we started again from scratch."

He adds: "I'm so excited to release it. There's not been a raw energy or aggression to an Asking Alexandria album since Reckless & Relentless, like this one has. You turn it on and you're like, 'Wow. They're back.' And I cannot wait to release it to the world and hear what everyone thinks." Watch the full interview here.

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The Moody Blues Add Several Artists To 2016 Cruise

The lineup for The Moody Blues Cruise III has been expanded with the addition of several new artists to the lineup for next year's voyage that will be taking place February 26th-March 1st.

The new additions include Vanilla Fudge; Strawbs; Chuck Negron (former lead singer of Three Dog Night); Mark Farner (formerlead singer of Grand Funk Railroad); and Brian Howe (former lead singer of Bad Company).

The previously announced roster joining The Moody Blues on the cruise includes The Zombies; The Orchestra; Ambrosia; Randy Hansen and Mellow Yellow. In addition to Christopher Cross; Renaissance; Rare Earth; John Waite; The Ides of March; Randy Hansen with the Music of Jimi Hendrix; plus Matthew and Gunnar Nelson performing "Ricky Nelson Remembered," a special tribute to their legendary father.

The cruise will set sail aboard the NCL Pearl from Miami and will visit ports in Key West, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Find additional information including bookings here.

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Fall Out Boy Recruit Rappers For Remix Album

(TeamRock Radio) Fall Out Boy will this month release a remix version of latest album American Beauty/American Psycho. They have made Irresistible featuring Migos available to stream and fans who pre-order the record will be given the track as an instant download.

Make America Psycho Again is issued on October 30 via Island Records and it features every track on American Beauty/American Psycho remixed and reworked with artists including Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks and Joey Badass.

FOB recently unveiled a version of Irresistible starring pop star Demi Lovato. and this week revealed their cover of Jungle Book classic I Wan'na Be Like You. Check out the track details and stream the remix here.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Add Dates To World Tour

(TeamRock Radio) 5 Seconds Of Summer have added four extra UK dates to their 2016 tour. The shows are part of the Australian pop punk band's world tour, which kicks off in Japan in February.

The newly announced dates take place in Brighton, on April 9, and Cardiff, on April 15, have been added, as well as extra nights in Glasgow, on April 20, and Manchester, on April 23.

The dates have been scheduled in support of their second album Sounds Good Feels Good, which was released late last week on Capitol Records. Check out the upcoming tour dates here.

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Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Release Communion Video

(Classic Rock) Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock have released a video for their track Communion. It's taken from second album Spirit On A Mission and will be released as a single to promote the band's upcoming European and UK tour dates - on which they'll play the track for the first time.

Schenker has also confirmed that the band will film their concert at Joy Eslava, Madrid, on November 19, for a DVD release early next year. He reports: "We chose Madrid because of the immense support we've received there in the past. The crowds have always been very special to me - their passion is second to none, and we hope to capture the energy and excitement of the audience and the band."

The outfit's current tour schedule include headline European shows, UK support slots with Judas Priest and a headline run in the UK. Schenker recently spoke about making a third album with the Temple Of Rock lineup, saying it's become a "very stable band." Watch the video here.

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Mike Kershaw Teases New Album 'What Lies Beneath'

(Prog) Mike Kershaw has signed to Bad Elephant Music for the launch of latest album What Lies Beneath, which is expected to be released in the spring of next year.

He's released a brief teaser for the follow-up to 2014's Departure. Kershaw says: "I am honoured and delighted to be joining BEM - it's a unique, friendly label and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Label head of PR Martin Hutchinson adds: "I've always been a fan of his richly rewarding music. Detailed and complex, it is a perfect fit with what BEM has become known for." Watch the teaser video here.

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The Fierce And The Dead Announce UK Live Appearances

(Prog) The Fierce And The Dead have revealed their last run of shows for 2015. They'll play four dates in the coming weeks to complete live support activities for recent EP Magnet, including appearances with the Aristocrats, Crippled Black Phoenix and Mannheim.

Guitarist Matt Stevens says: "It's been a great year for us, and to play with some of our favourite bands is a massive deal for us. The Aristocrats don't normally have supports, so it's really lovely to be asked by them."

The shows will include material from their third album, which becomes their focus of attention following the shows. Stevens appears on the Prog Magazine Show on Teamrock Radio on Wednesday (October 28). See the tour dates here.

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Light Years Streaming New Song Are You Sure?

(TeamRock Radio) Light Years have released a lyric video for their track Are You Sure? It is taken from the Cleveland pop punk band's upcoming second album I'll See You When I See You, which is issued on November 13 via Rude Records. Are You Sure? is available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the record.

Vocalist Pat Kennedy says: "Are You Sure? was the first song that we finished for our new record and it was one of those that came out super easy. We just jammed it a few times and it felt right, which doesn't always happen.

"The song is about realizing it is almost impossible to change someone's mind or opinion of you once they have it made up." Check out the lyric video for the new track here.

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Enter Shikari Frontman Explains The Mindsweep: Hospitalised Inspiration

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds says the influence of his father and guitarist Rory Clewlow's big brother sowed the seed of their collaboration with drum & bass label Hospital Records.

The Mindsweep: Hospitalised is released on October 30 and sees every track on their record The Mindsweep re-imagined by artists and producers from the Hospital roster. They previously made Reso's version of Anaesthetist available to stream.

The first two parts of a conversation between Reynolds and Hospital boss Chris Goss have been released and the vocalist explains where his long-held love of dance music came from.

Reynolds says: "Rory, our guitarist, his elder brother is a drum & bass DJ so every time I was round his house we were at the decks listening and slowly getting and education. I grew up with a lot of Motown and Northern stuff because my dad used to DJ that, and the early Hospital Records stuff is very orientated around that."

On how they decided which artist should be asked to remix which song, Reynolds says: "Rory and I got together and tried to listen to the album and imagine it from the different perspectives. There was a few that really stood out straight away, like the Keeno one and the Reso one. We thought, 'This is really ideal.'" Watch the full interview clip here.

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