Day in Rock Report for 10/27/2015

Rolling Stones Show Prevented Keith Richards Suicide?

Keith Richards reveals in a new interview that he believes having to play a Rolling Stones concert the night he learned his 10-week-old son Tara died probably prevented him from taking his own life.

Tara died of sudden infant death syndrome in 1976 and Richards tells BBC's Desert Island Discs (via ABC Radio) that having to play a concert in Paris right after he received the news saved him from a drastic reaction to the tragedy.

"It was such a shock at the time, especially [since I was] getting a phone call in Paris and this happened in Geneva, and I thought, 'I'm going to go mad unless I do this show tonight," he said.

"Maybe it was a sense of self-preservation…It was a rough, rough thing. And I had a feeling [that] I must go on stage now and I'll worry and grieve and think about all this after the show. Because if didn't go on the stage I'd have probably shot myself."

Richards also discussed his relationship with Stones singer Mick Jagger, comparing the sometimes heated rivalry to that of brothers. "Mick and I have a great relationship, except when we don't, which is when everybody hears about it.

"With Mick, I always felt it was a brother thing and what brothers don't fight occasionally? And we're always fighting for the right reasons. We just think that our version is more right than the other's."

Check out the full interview here.

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Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy Lead Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup

Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and blues legend Buddy Guy lead the guitarists' lineup for the next Experience Hendrix Tour which will be taking place early next year.

The tour, which celebrates the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, will also feature Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Indigenous guitarist Mato Nanji, singers Henri Brown and Noah Hunt, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton.

Special guests for the North American tour will include Keb' Mo', Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic and the Slide Brothers with more still to be announced.

The tour will be kicking off on February 24th in Hollywood, FL at the Hard Rock Live and will be concluding on March 25th in Hampton Beach, NH at the Hampton Beach Casino.

Zakk Wylde had the following to say about the trek, "It's an honor to celebrate Jimi Hendrix's legacy and greatness with so many other amazing players, who have become great friends and family to me. His influence and inspiration will forever be undeniable!"

Buddy Guy adds, "Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest guitar players ever and we all need to keep his music alive." See the tour dates here.

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Alex Van Halen Set To Be Honored At Charity Jam

(hennemusic) Alex Van Halen will be honored at Nashville Drummers Jam 7. The annual charity event - organized by David Parks and Tom Hurst - will see Nashville's finest musicians team up to perform Van Halen tunes while paying tribute to the band's drummer and co-founder.

"It's an honor to be chosen for the Nashville Drummers Jam number 7," says Alex. "Thank you. Have a great time with it. I want to hear you on the West Coast, alright."

The Van Halen tribute takes place at The Exit Inn in Nashville on December 14. Previous honorees include Stewart Copeland of The Police, Neil Peart of Rush, John Bonham, and Jeff Porcaro, among others. Check out the announcement video here.

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Young Guns Forced To Cancel Show After Their Gear Stolen

(TeamRock Radio) Young Guns had to cancel a show after their van was broken into and load of gear stolen in Leeds. The break-in happened at a shopping centre in the West Yorkshire city after their show at nearby Wakefield Warehouse and meant they could not appear at their next scheduled gig in Milton Keynes on Sunday (October 25).

Guitarist Fraser Taylor lost a Canon camera and lenses. He says via Instagram: "So, we've just been robbed at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds. If anyone has any info or sees any of this stuff for sale for mega cheap or bundled together.

"All this stuff along with my laptop, hard drives, card readers, headphones all gone too. The guys lost a bunch of iPads, MacBooks, Merch cash and tons of other sh*t." See their full post here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Slaps WWE Wrestler

(Radio.com) Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor showed off his acting/professional wrestling chops at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California on October 23rd and video of the evidence has been posted online. Radio.com has the details:

Meant to showcase rising wrestling talent, the WWE NXT event instead found bad blood brewing between Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and wrestler Baron Corbin.
Taylor was in the audience during Corbin's match against wrestler Samoa Joe when things turned heated. After spotting Taylor sitting in the front row, Corbin took his shirt off, handed it to Taylor and said, "You can have this and I'll sign it for you later."

Taylor shook his head and dropped the shirt on the ground, which of course brought Corbin back for round two. When Corbin approached Taylor again, the 5'7″ Taylor out-and-out slapped him. That's no easy feat considering that Corbin towers over him. Watch the "altercation" here.

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Blitz Kids Release Stream Of Farewell Video

(TeamRock Radio) Blitz Kids have released an online stream of the 30-minute farewell video that they screened for fans during their last-ever concert that took place earlier this month.

The English band called time on their career with two final shows in Manchester and London. The video, shown before the London show, features clips captured throughout the life of the band.

Announcing their split, the band said: "It's been a tremendous ride and we want to celebrate it with you all, old fans and new. Come grab a beer and shed a tear. We are the good youth. Never die."

Blitz Kids released two albums - 2011's Vagrants & Vagabonds and 2014's The Good Youth. Watch the video here.

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Jeff Lynne Plotting Electric Light Orchestra Tour

(Classic Rock) Jeff Lynne is planning a run of Electric Light Orchestra shows in the UK early next year. And although nothing's been confirmed, he's considering the possibility of following them with a US tour.

He brought ELO back to life with a festival set in London's Hyde Park last year, and enjoyed the experience so much that he went on to complete his album Alone In The Universe under the band name.

But the cancellation of their last major tour in 2001 means he's being cautious about the future. Rolling Stone reports that Lynne's manager is "planning some big concerts in England in the spring." Lynne says: "As far as more shows, we'll see what happens. If it goes well I'll certainly do more stuff. Let's hope it goes well."

The previous tour was called off as a result of low ticket sales. "That showed me I probably shouldn't even bother," he recalls. "My manager spared me the details of everything. But I wasn't too demoralised, because I got some tunes in films, and I just love recording." Read more here.

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Chris Adler Was Intimidated By Megadeth Bandmate Kiko's Ability

(Classic Rock) Chris Adler has recalled how he felt like a musical "hack" when he heard Megadeth colleague Kiko Loureiro's solo album. The pair hadn't met before they worked together in Dave Mustaine's band, with the guitarist a permanent member and the drummer splitting duties with his main band Lamb Of God.

Adler tells Eddie Trunk: "I did not know Kiko. We had a little rental house up in the hills - we set up and just talked for a while about music and all this different stuff.

"He told me about the solo record. He hands it to me, and the drummer is Marco Minnemann, one of these phenom drummers. just an unbelievable player. I'm like, 'How long is it going to take these guys to figure out I'm just a hack compared to these dudes?'"

His appreciation of Loureiro has only increased since they recorded Megadeth album Dystopia together. "He has just the most incredible music ability I've ever seen in my life," says Adler. "I'd never played with a guitar player like him." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage's New Album 'Definitely A Little Different' Says Foley

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley says the band's upcoming seventh album has an air of "moodiness" compared to previous efforts. The band are at work on the follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent, with frontman Jesse Leach having said he'd battled through dark times while writing.

Foley tells Louder Noise: "It's definitely a little different. Last time, it was really, really fast the whole way through. This one doesn't have quite the same speed to it - but it has a different kind of heaviness to it. A little bit of moodiness to it. I don't really know how to describe it yet. But it's coming along, and we're anxiously awaiting finishing it."

Killswitch have been playing new track Strength Of The Mind at recent live shows. Foley reports: "I think that one is a good representation of stuff that we do. It wasn't crazy different from any of our stuff, so I think it was a good song to kind of ease into new material.

"I think live, it was the kind of thing that we could get it to sound tight fairly quickly - which is helpful, because we didn't have a whole lot of time to get it ready for this tour." Watch the full interview here.

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Bonnie Raitt Announces New Album 'Dig In Deep'

(Classic Rock) Bonnie Raitt will release her next album Dig In Deep on February 26, she's confirmed. It follows the success of 2012 title Slipstream - and includes more of her own writing contributions than any release since 1998's Fundamental.

Raitt had the following to say about the new effort: "The response to Slipstream was such a refreshing and unexpected boost, so going into this album, I had renewed energy.

"I was really inspired to come up with songs that went with grooves that I missed playing in my live show, and to dig deeper into some topics I hadn't yet mined." Read more here.

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Southern Blues Power Trio Simo Giving Away New Song

(Classic Rock) Southern blues power trio Simo are giving away a download of their track Long May You Sail. It's taken from their album Let Love Show The Way, to be released via Mascot Label Group after Joe Bonamassa recommended them to the company.

It was recorded at the Big House in Macon, Georgia, with frontman JD Simo playing the guitar Duane Allman used on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums, and on Derek And The Dominoes' classic track Layla.

Simo says: "There's definitely a magical element to the recording. The vibe of the Big House, using Duane's guitar, plus all the touring we'd done leading up to it, all the refinement of the material on the road - it was a perfect storm." Read more, watch the album trailer and grab the song download link here.

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Lifesigns Release Under The Bridge Live DVD

(Prog) Lifesigns' DVD Live In London: Under The Bridge has gone on sale after a successful crowdfunding campaign. The band recorded their set at Under The Bridge in January, which included their 2012 debut album in full along with four previously unrecorded tracks.

They recently said: "After only 26 shows at the time of filming, Lifesigns are firing on all cylinders. The show captures one of the key performances of our first year of touring, captivating fans with a rich visual experience and pristine quality sound."

The Live In London: Under The Bridge DVD/2CD set is available from the band website. Lifesigns take part in this year's Cruise To The Edge and play a range of further dates in the coming months. See the dates here.

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Tortoise Announce Limited-Edition Album Reissues

(Prog) Tortoise's six-album catalogue is set to be re-released in limited-edition vinyl to tie in with the launch of their seventh album The Catastrophist on January 22 via Thrill Jockey.

Their 1994 self-titled debut arrives on opaque brown vinyl, 1996's Millions Now Living Will Never Die is transluscent blue, 1998's TNT is white, 2001's Standards is red and white, 2004's It's All Around You is transluscent yellow and 2009's Beacons Of Ancestorship is clear.

The Catastrophist is available for pre-order now in a number of varieties. Tortoise, who streamed new track Gesceap earlier this month, tour Europe in February. Stream the new track here.

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Delain Announce New Permanent Guitarist

(TeamRock Radio) Delain have announced that they have added guitarist Merel Bechtold to their lineup on a permanent basis. It follows a number of live appearances with her over the past year, and means the Dutch outfit will feature two axe players from now on, with Timo Somers remaining on board.

Delain say: "There's no such thing as too many guitars. After playing occasional shows with Merel, we have decided to adopt her into the family and continue with double guitar power."

Bechtold says: "I'm excited to become a permanent Delain member and hugely looking forward to the upcoming tours and albums. See you on the road." Read more here.

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Rush's Neil Peart Releasing New Novel In UK Next Month

(Classic Rock) The follow-up to Neil Peart's 2014 novel Clockwork Angels, based on the Rush album of the same name, is scheduled to be released in the UK next month, following the North American release last month.

Clockwork Lives - penned by the Rush drummer and author Kevin J Anderson - is released via ECW Press on November 5. It moves the story forward by looking at the lives of some of the first title's fringe characters.

ECW Press say: "In Clockwork Angels, Anderson and Peart created a steampunk world to accompany the Rush album of the same name. Now they return to the world they created.

"Marinda Peake leads a quiet life - she gave up on her ambitions to take care of her ailing alchemist father. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious blank book that she must fill with other people's stories - and her own." Read more here.

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Threshold Release Live 'Lost In Your Memory' Video

(Prog) Threshold have released another teaser for their upcoming live album. The British prog rockers will release their double album European Journey on November 13 via Nuclear Blast.

They previously released a video of them performing Watchtower On The Moon to promote the 15-track album and they've since unveiled a video of them playing Lost In Your Memory.

Keyboard player Richard West says: "We've always loved doing power ballads, ever since our early days, with tracks like Innocent and Forever. This is a ballad from our last album For The Journey and I love how it comes across live."

They'll head out on another European tour in January, including a UK show at London's O2 Islington Academy. Watch the new video and check out the track details here.

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Your Chance To Die Recruit Former Cerebral Bore Singer As 2nd Vocalist

Your Chance To Die now officially have two voices after they recruited former Cerebral Bore singer Simone "Som" Pluijmers to join the group as a second vocalist.

Pluijmers will share vocal duties with original singer Missi Avila. The new lineup of the group is currently recording their third studio album, the follow-up to 2013's "The American Dream."

Som had the following to say about joining the group, "I'm very happy to announce I'll be joining a band again after all these years, we connect and it felt good being with them on the 'try out' tours. They're a lot of fun, great, passionate, musicians and I can't wait to start my future with Your Chance To Die."

Avila added, "Som is the missing piece I never knew was missing to the band. Having her allows us to explore so much more in our music and live shows come even more to life.

"She has also become a great friend and has become an indispensable part of YCTD. I can't wait to write this record with her and get back on the road together!" here.

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Drinking With Motorhead's Lemmy Almost Sidetracked Warlock's Career

(Classic Rock) Doro Pesch has recalled how a drinking session with Lemmy almost scuppered her band Warlock's chances of landing a major record deal. She met the Motorhead icon in 1985 when her band Warlock were in London to play a show to be attended by record label execs.

Doro tells MetalSucks: "I was rehearsing with the band before, and decided to go around the corner. There was a pub and it was my first time in one. I went in and saw Lemmy sitting there smoking, with a whiskey and cola in one hand. I was just like, 'Wow!' I couldn't speak English well back then, so I was a little nervous. But we were chain-smoking and drinking - and after a while he reminded me I had to play a gig."

Doro "had such a buzz" as a result of the alcohol, and that everyone was waiting for her when she got back to the venue. "I got up with the band, and I had had so many drinks I couldn't remember the lyrics," she says. "Everyone was staring in shock - the agencies and important people - and I just sat down and waited until the band was done.

"Everyone was telling me I ruined my career, I'd never get a record deal. I said, 'I met Lemmy! He's my hero, my idol and we had a few whiskey colas.'" Read more here.

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Joe Satriani Expands Surfing To Shockwave tour

(hennemusic) Joe Satriani has revealed additional North American dates for his 2016 Surfing To Shockwave tour. The guitarist is currently playing dates on a European tour that wraps up on November 10 in London.

Following previously-announced shows starting February 25 at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, the guitarist adds a month's worth of dates starting March 21 in Durham, NC.

The Surfing To Shockwave tour will see Satriani teamed with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller, the same lineup that recorded his latest effort, "Shockwave Supernova."

The shows will also feature tracks from Satriani's 30-year career while marking the anniversary of his 1986 debut, "Not Of This Earth." See the North American dates and announcement video here.

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Soundgarden's Chris Cornell Unplugging For Spring Tour Of Europe

(hennemusic) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced that he will be heading across the pond next spring for the European leg of his solo acoustic tour of intimate venues in support of his latest solo album, "Higher Truth."

The 6-week, 22-date run starts March 23 in Reykjavik, Iceland and wraps up with a pair of concerts in Israel in early May. Presale tickets for most dates begin October 28 and seats will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 30.

He is currently playing shows across of North American support of "Higher Truth", which will be followed by an extensive series of dates in New Zealand and Australia starting late next month. See the dates here.

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