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Day in Rock Report for 09/11/2015



Jake E. Lee Escapes After Hummer Limo Bursts Into Flames

(Classic Rock) Red Dragon Cartel escaped without injury when their limo burst into flames on the way to a show in California on Wednesday. Jake E Lee and co are reported to have "noticed an electrical short" and left the 30-foot stretch Hummer when they noticed smoke rising.

The fire temporarily closed two lanes on I-280 in San Jose, but emergency crews had dealt with the situation within 90 minutes. Red Dragon Cartel said: "Thanks to the quick action of our driver and a little luck on our side, we are all safe and sound. Thanks to everyone for your concern."

Last night they joked about the experience on their Facebook page, saying: "Tonight's soundcheck song - Burn!" and "We're on fire tonight!" Read more and see a photo of the fire here.

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Black Sabbath Reveal Support Band For Farewell Tour

Southern California rockers Rival Sons has announced that they have been selected by Black Sabbath to be the main support act for the legendary heavy metal band's final world tour.

Black Sabbath have already announced the initial dates for the North American leg of their farewell tour which will be kicking off on January 20, 2016 in Omaha, NE at the Century Link Center.

Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday had this to say about landing the gig, "We couldn't be more honored and excited to announce we'll be supporting the legendary Black Sabbath on their upcoming world tour!

"This will take us to places we haven't been and back to those places where we've made so many friends and fans. Here we go folks... Black Sabbath and Rival Sons coming to your town/city/country soon!"

Frontman Jay Buchanan adds, "To have this opportunity is at first unfathomable and then flattering to know we'll be in company with these bonfire legends each night. Thank you Black Sabbath." See the tour dates here.

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Singer Accused Of Faking Cancer To Raised Money

(TeamRock Radio) Former Counterfeit singer Hali Etie has been accused of faking cancer and pocketing money raised to help pay for treatment. The vocalist - from Erie, Pennsylvania - this year reportedly claimed to have been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer and friends and former band members rallied round by arranging fundraisers.

Etie also worked at a Michigan animal charity called Hardcore Cares. The organization released a statement - which has since been removed due to threats made against Etie - exposing her alleged lies.

The statement said that the charity organized a benefit show and backed a GoFundMe campaign set up to raise cash. Hardcore Cares said they discovered her lies earlier this month.

In an updated statement, Hardcore Cares says: "We do not condone violence. Hali Etie needs to held accountable for her actions. We also understand that many people were affected by her actions. The comments got way off track and as a result of that we decided to pull the post.

"We thank everyone for their support in this matter. It is our sincere hope that Hali is held accountable and that everyone affected is repaid for their kindness." Read more here.

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Steve Mackay (The Stooges/Violent Femmes) In Critical Condition

(Classic Rock) The Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay is in a critical condition in a California hospital. Mackay - who's also worked with the Violent Femmes - has been struck down by sepsis, an infection that can lead to organ failure.

The 65-year-old is being cared for by staff at Seton Medical Center in Daly City and is surrounded by family in the intensive care unit. Stooges guitarist James Williamson tells KQED:

"I had exchanged emails with Steve earlier in the year about his health, and he had been upbeat about his prognosis and was even going out on tour to China.

"We are so very sorry about this turn for the worst. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and his wife Patti for the best possible outcome." Read more here.

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Neil Peart Looks Back At His 'Final Drum Solo' with Rush

(Radio.com) This year marks Rush's 40th anniversary and, depending who you ask, may end up being the end of the line for them. While no one has said concretely that the R40 tour will be their last, Geddy Lee did give Rolling Stone something of a hard maybe.

"I can't say for sure," he said. "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."

August 1st at the LA Forum marked the last show in the supposed last tour. A lot of lasts, including one last drum solo from Neil Peart while on a major Rush tour.

According to TheRock.com, the performance so moved Queens of the Stone Age's drummer Jon Theodore, who was in the audience, that he felt pressed to comment. "The solo was so impressionistic," he said. "Stripped down to just Neil and the drums. No vids or sequences. I never saw that much flow and color and instinct set free in him before. Just f***ing beautiful."

Peart heard about Theodore's words and responded in kind with his own. Besides drumming, he's also responsible for penning most of Rush's lyrics. It makes sense then that his response would be a poetic one.

Peart explained how hard he worked on constructing the solo through months of rehearsals. Really, though, it took much longer to reach its conclusion. "A lifetime of achievement, really," he shared.

As Peart rehearsed his solo, he receive no feedback from the other band members or those on the crew. The silence stunned him, making him second guess his aims. "I worried that my ambitions were too high - my reach exceeding my grasp," he said.

In his response, Peart explained the concept, "My vague design for that solo was deceptively simple. I would approach it as if I was just sitting down at the drums to start playing - to exercise the improvisational skills I have been working on for, oh, about ten years now. Technically, I was determined to exemplify everything I thought I knew about drumming, and everything I love about the drums - almost 50 years of experience and passion had to go in there somehow." Read more here.

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Cynic Break Up Due To 'Artistic And Personal Differences'

Cynic co-founder Sean Reinert announced via an online post that the band has once again broken up. The group originally split in 1994 and then reunited in 2006. But he says they have parted ways again over "artistic and personal differences".

Reinert had the following to say, "It is with a heavy heart that I post today's Cynic news. Cynic is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the 'BOOK OF Cynic' has come to an end.

"I will say the last shows we played in Japan have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that Cynic can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.

"I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China and Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with Cynic.

"This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we're doing individually. I wish all of you love and peace."

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Taylor Swift Hit Redone In The Style Of Metal Band Disturbed

(TeamRock Radio) Ten Second Song Guy has re-created Taylor Swift's smash hit Bad Blood in the style in heavy metal chart toppers Disturbed. He's giving away downloads of the unusual cover.

Not content with covering Bad Blood in his own signature style a few months ago, the Metal Hammer Golden God winner has returned to the pop sensation with just one imitation in mind - David Draiman.

You might think it doesn't work and it's a completely ludicrous idea, but you haven't heard it! Check out the video for the Disturbed version of Bad Blood and grab the download link here.

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Mike Shinoda Plans Writing Session For Linkin Park's New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has revealed he'll soon take part in writing sessions for the follow-up to 2014's The Hunting Party. And although he won't discuss how it might sound, he's hinted it could feature hip-hop guests, possibly Kendrick Lamar.

Shinoda tells NME that he's "starting to work out some ideas" and continues: "I have no idea what it'll sound like yet. It won't sound like The Hunting Party - we like to surprise people."

His London sessions are set to include an unnamed collaborator. But discussing his "hip-hop nerd" status, Shinoda sys of Lamar: "Chester Bennington and I were talking the other day about how great his recent two records are." Read more here.

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Crossfaith Streaming Their Forthcoming Album 'Xeno' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Crossfaith have streamed all 12 tracks of fourth album Xeno ahead of its release on September 18. The follow-up to 2013's Apocalyze is described as the story of what happens when "artificial intelligence meets human desperation."

Singer Kenta Koie says: "After releasing our last album Apocalyze, our guitarist Kazu had a brain hemorrhage which affected his left arm. I couldn't imagine how scared he was about it.

"We spent a long time to discussing what would happen next, but Kazu told us simply, 'I will never give up.' His words pushed us to the next level - so we started writing for Xeno.

"When we listened to the title track at producer Josh Wilbur's studio, we all cried. I just can't wait to share this experience with everyone!" Stream the album here.

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Electric Light Orchestra Ink Deal For First New Material In 15 Years

(Classic Rock) Electric Light Orchestra have signed a deal with Columbia Records to release their first new material in 15 years. And mainman Jeff Lynne has vowed he'll stick to his original values with the fresh work.

The news comes after Lynn led the first ELO concert in 30 years at London's Hyde Park back in 2014 - and he later confirmed that he was writing again.

In November he told Classic Rock the band were a "going concern," adding: "It really felt nice to finally have my name in it, and not just by hiding behind those letters all the time. It gave me a lot more confidence." Read more here.

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Thy Art Is Murder Slam 'Disney Goons' Over Ban

(TeamRock Radio) Thy Art Is Murder have fallen foul of Disney and will miss out on a number of dates on their support tour with Parkway Drive. The band have been blocked from playing at Disney-owned House Of Blues venues in Anaheim on October 30 and Florida on November 23.

Thy Art Is Murder say: "We are very sorry to announce that due to the narrow-minded, corporate censoring goons over at Disney, we will be unable to join Parkway Drive on their upcoming dates at Anaheim on October 30 and Orlando Lake Buena Vista on November 23. We are aware we haven't played Florida for quite some time now and we are itching to get back down there and play for you guys."

It's the second time they've been banned from playing at a Disney venue. And the last time it happened in 2013, they printed a run of t-shirts mocking the decision. Read more and see the t-shirt here.

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Twenty One Pilots Still Fear Playing To Empty Venues

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph thinks he'll always suffer nerves before shows in case no one turns up. The duo are riding high after the success of breakthrough album Blurryface - but he and bandmate Josh Dun can't forget their early days when life was more difficult.

Joseph tells Philly.com: "There have been so many shows when we started out, where we're playing in front of nobody - and it's been such a disappointment and a let-down.

"Josh and I are reminded of those times, even when we're playing a sold-out show. My memories are still rooted in playing in front of nobody." But the pair enjoy recalling the days when few people cared about them. "That's one of Josh and I's favourite things to do," says Joseph. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam To Rock Late Show with Stephen Colbert

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam will perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, September 23. The band's first appearance on the newly-relaunched program follows a May 18 tribute to the show's longtime host, David Letterman, by frontman Eddie Vedder.

Backed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, Vedder delivered an intense performance of Pearl Jam's 1994 track, "Better Man", as a send-off to Letterman ahead of his final broadcast on Wednesday, May 20 after more than three decades in late night television.

Currently on a break from their world tour in support of 2014's "Lightning Bolt", the Seattle group will perform at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on September 26 before launching a month-long run across South America in November.

Watch Eddie's Letterman performance here.

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Steven Tyler Reveals More Details About His Solo Album

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is sharing an update on plans for his debut solo album. The singer has been in Nashville since January working on the country-flavored project, and issued the record's lead single, "Love Is Your Name", to radio in May.

Now, Tyler tells ABC News Radio that he's hoping to release the record by "February or so" of 2016, and is planning to support it with a tour before heading out on an Aerosmith trek later in the year.

"I don't even know who I'm producing it with," says Tyler. "It's gonna be what it is. There's a couple of songs I've written and they're like rock, and I said, 'Oh, geez.' And I'm not gonna put a banjo on it just to make it country…I don't know what it's gonna be, but my heart leans [towards] the country feeling and the vibe."

"I think country music is the new rock 'n' roll," he adds. "I mean, you can listen to the lyrics, you can really get into it, just as you could get into 'Stairway to Heaven.'

"Country's not just about porches, dogs and kicking my boots up. It's a whole lot more, but it's about being real. You know, the world's gone so far away from that. I hope it comes back." Read more and watch the video for his debut solo singer here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Documentary Set For Release

(Classic Rock) A documentary focusing on the career of former Rainbow and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is to be released later this year, it's been announced. The Ritchie Blackmore Story will be issued on November 6 via Eagle Rock Entertainment on Blu-ray and 2DVD/2CD.

The film features interviews with Blackmore, along with contributions from Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet, Ian Anderson and the late Jon Lord.

The package will also be released in a deluxe edition featuring Rainbow's Live In Tokyo DVD/CD, recorded at their show at the Budokan in 1984. It'll be housed in a 60-page hardback photo book. Read more including the track details here.

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Queensryche Release 'Arrow Of Time' Video

(hennemusic) Queensryche have released a new music a video for the new song "Arrow Of Time", which is the lead track from their forthcoming album, "Condition Human."

The clip was filmed during the group's performance at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival this year in front of more than 50,000 fans Due October 2, "Condition Human" was produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary).

The project marks vocalist Todd La Torre's second album with Queensryche following their 2013 self-titled release and a split with original singer Geoff Tate.

Queensryche hit the road with Scorpions for their fall North American dates starting September 10 in Boston, MA. Watch the new video here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Streaming New Song 'Hearing Voices'

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have made a stream of their track Hearing Voices available. It's the latest song from Geoff Tate and co's debut album The Key, out on September 18 via Frontiers Music.

It's the first part of a planned trilogy, with former Queensryche man Tate recently revealing that work on the second instalment is almost complete, while part three is well under way.

He said: "It's a lot of music - but I had a lot of stuff I'd been collecting and working on over the years. Little bits and pieces that have found their way into these recordings." Stream the new song here.

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The Who's Tommy Orchestral Version Set For Reissue

(Classic Rock) The orchestral version of The Who's rock opera Tommy is being reissued after being out of print for thirty years. The album was originally released in 1972 by the London Symphony Orchestra with the English Chamber Orchestra, and was conceived by Lou Reizner, who later worked on Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.

Tommy featured solo spots from Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Richie Havens, Sandy Denny, Maggie Bell, Graham Bell and actor Richard Harris, and launched with a show at London's Rainbow venue starring Bell, David Essex, Marsha Hunt, Elkie Brooks, Roger Chapman, Bill Oddie, Vivian Stanshall, Roy Wood and John Pertwee.

Joining the cast on the album and at The Rainbow, to perform the Acid Queen role filled by Tina Turner on the 1975 film version, was singer Merry Clayton, perhaps most famous for her vocals on the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter.

"I always saw the Who's version of Tommy as more of a sketch and felt there was more that could be done with it," says Pete Townshend. "The London Symphony project, I think, paved the way for more to come." Read more here.

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Handwritten Jimi Hendrix Lyrics Being Auctioned

(Classic Rock) Two torn sheets of paper carrying Jimi Hendrix's handwritten lyrics for Crosstown Traffic are being auctioned. He wrote the words in 1967 while working on his Electric Ladyland album, released the following year.

The scraps of paper include the first verse and chorus, an unused second verse and various edits and scribbles. Auctioneer Ted Owen says: "They lyrics are a working draft, which in my opinion is even nicer that owning a final version.

"They're much rarer, and you get to see what went on in the process of making it." He adds: "I knew these lyrics were out there somewhere and I was so excited when the collector approached me asking if they could be put up for auction - they're an essential buy for any collector." Read more details and see photos of the lyric sheets here.

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Yes's Billy Sherwood Announce Guest Star-Filled New Album

(Prog) Yes bassist Billy Sherwood will release his solo album Citizen on November 6. It features a who's-who of names from the world of prog, including Steve Morse, Alan Parsons, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Tony Kaye, Steve Hillage, Partrick Moraz, John Wesley, Jerry Goodman, Dixie Dregs, Colin Moulding, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman, Jon Davison and the late Chris Squire.

Sherwood says: "It's a concept album about a lost soul reincarnated in various historical settings. At one point, the character is reincarnated during The Great Depression and is dealing with the loss of everything and is forced to take drastic measures.

"Another time, the citizen is a World War One trench-runner for a song called No Man's Land, where he's running through the fields watching his comrades die."

Sherwood confirms that the album's protagonist also appears as an astronaut, a Roman Legionnaire, a factory worker during the industrial age and the assistant to 16th century astronomer Galileo. Read more and see the cover art here.

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Devil You Know Stream New Song 'Stay Of Execution'

(TeamRock Radio) Devil You Know are gearing up to release their new album They Bleed Red this November, and TeamRock have the first taster of the new single Stay Of Execution.

"Stay Of Execution was the last song that was written for our new album," says drummer John Sankey. "I wanted us to have a track that was fast, brutal and really slamming with an unconventional song structure. Francesco and I had some demos that we hadn't used yet, so I tore a few of those unfinished tracks apart and pieced together the coolest sections to create this song."

"The point was to make a 'heavy' song," guitarist Francesco Artusato continues, "We have the black metal part, the groovy part, an epic chorus, cool bridge section, gang vocals at the end, etc. It's literally a bit of everything. I wrote the main riff while walking in a mall somewhere while on tour. I was humming it into my phone so I would remember it for later. It was a weird day, ha ha."

Listen to the result of the weird day here.

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Dearist Release 'Fix' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Wolverhampton quintet Dearist have released a video for the song 'Fix'. It's the second song to be taken from their debut album This House Has No Windows, which will be released on October 23 via Close To Home Records.

Says frontman Adam Binder: "Fix is one of the last tracks we wrote for the album. I know a guy from work who makes short films - he'd never done a music video before so I cheekily asked him if he'd give it a go for us. He came through!

"We actually took over my house for the day to film it and used a different room for each band member, put some paper on the windows, trashed up the rooms a bit. I had to give the man next door a bottle of wine to say sorry for the noise."

The album is available to pre-order on 12-inch limited edition vinyl now via closetohomerecords.com. The digital download of the album will be available from the Close To Home Records bandcamp page. Watch the video here.

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Chris Jericho To Host This Year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour

(Classic Rock) WWE Wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho is to host this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards ceremony, which will take place at London's Roundhouse venue on November 11.

"What a great 12 months it's been for high-voltage rock'n'roll," says Classic Rock Editor Siân Llewellyn. "And what a year for us to return to the Roll Of Honour's spiritual home at London's Roundhouse after celebrating its tenth anniversary in Hollywood. With fantastic new bands to celebrate and brilliant albums to consider it was trickier than ever to nail down our nomination shortlist. Put simply, it means that the Classic Rock Awards will be another brilliant evening of rock'n'roll celebration!"

The five publicly voted categories are now open, with nominees including Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Rush, Royal Blood & Manic Street Preachers. See the full list of nominees here.

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Girlschool Announce New Album 'Guilty As Sin'

(Classic Rock) Girlschool have confirmed their 13th album Guilty As Sin will be released on November 13. Girlschool tour Europe with Motorhead and Saxon from November.

UDR Music will issue the record, the group's first since 2011's Hit And Run - Revisited. Pre-order's will start on October 9, with the single Come The Revolution available to download instantly to those who pre-order.

The album is produced by Chris Tsangarides, who's worked with Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest. It's the NWOBHM band's first time working with Tsangarides since 1983 EP 1-2-3-4 Rock And Roll. Check out the cover art here.

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Separations Release Teaser For New Album 'Dream Eater'

(Chipster) Separations have released a teaser video for their forthcoming full-length debut album, 'Dream Eater,' which is set to be released on Friday, October 2nd, 2015. We were sent the following details:

Produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Dashboard Confessional), the album will be supported by dates throughout September and October, when the band unites with Nothing More, Marmozets, and Turbowolf, as part of the Outbreak Tour.

Comprised of comprised Will Crafton (vocals), Myles Priest (guitar), Tyler Whitfield (guitar), Brenden Worthington (bass), and Thomas Pinson (drums), fans of hard-hitting metal with a surprisingly melodic edge are certain to fall under the spell of the album's title track, which Crafton describes as "The idea is you work so hard for something just to have it taken away. There's that inner battle in the human mind like, 'Am I good enough?' Everyone has a light and dark side. The doubt manifests in the form of this creature we'll refer to as the 'Dream Eater.' The protagonist and the monster are embroiled in this battle we all go through." Watch the album teaser video here.

The Outbreak Tour is scheduled to kick off on September 14th at Trees in Dallas, Texas and closes out in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 14th at Juanita's. See the tour dates here.

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Jenny Hval Releases 'Take Care Of Yourself' Video

(Prog) Jenny Hval has issued a video for her track Take Care Of Yourself. It features on the Norwegian artist's third album Apocalypse, Girl, released in June via Sacred Bones.

The promo was filmed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitt during a performance in New York when she was opening for Perfume Genius. Hval says: "The show was in a dance club - a huge wrecking-disco ball threatened to demolish the stage. The audience was well lit, looking at each other. I sang into a plastic flower - or an imaginary plastic flower."

Hval has also announced a run of European shows starting in Sweden in October. Five November UK dates are included in the schedule. Watch the new video here.

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Mollie Marriott Releases 'A Million Miles' Video

(Classic Rock) Mollie Marriott, daughter of former Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott and step-daughter to singer Joe Brown, has launched a video for A Million Miles. It's taken from her debut album, Truth Is A Wolf.

Most recently spotted providing backing vocals at the Faces reunion show last weekend, Mollie also sang at the London tribute to her late father alongside Paul Weller, Zak Starkey & Deborah Bonham, and at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Ronnie lane Memorial Concert. She has also sung with Oasis, Proud Mary, Jeff Beck, Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook), Mark Knopfler, and Chas and Dave.

A Million Miles has a sun-dappled, Californian feel akin to Fleetwood Mac's mellower moments. "The song means a lot to me because it's inspired by a close friend's struggle with commitment which I found beautifully tragic," says Mollie. "There are certainly rockier elements to the album, but this track showcases the softer side." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Martina Edoff's World Has Gone Mad

Martina Edoff kicks off a tour with Epica, Eluveitie and The Agonist next week and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about her single "World Has Gone Mad," from her debut solo album 'Unity,' which comes out October 16th. Here is the story:

It started as a I heard myself saying it out loud even though I was alone at the moment. I had just read about something upsetting and thought of how crazy things are around us and in the world and how it even feels like it´s escalating!

I sat down instantly and the lyrics came to me in my head as I wrote them down. I had a melody that I kept mumbling while I was writing and even if I hadn't decided yet how the melody would go I just kept to it for the moment. I needed music to it to make it more alive.

The first time I met with Jona Tee to start our co-writing we just picked one of my lyrics just to try and see if we would find a sound for our first work together. It happened by chance to be the lyrics of World has gone mad. The very first meet of a long going process is just to see how it goes and get to know each other. Jona took his guitar and followed me while I was singing and we decided to do a simple recording. Started with programmed drums to get the right bpm and then he put some base and guitar on it. I recorded my vocal and since i hadn't come up with a bridge to the song yet I just kept on singing to the music which we figured we'll find something later on to add in the progress. What you hear in the bridge is what we kept from that moment.

When I had put my vocals on we decided to leave it and went on to another song that we felt more inspiring. Jona is a master on keyboard and I let him do his thing on the second song we started to work on. The day after he sent me the results of the second song and it blew my mind! Yes!! This is the sound I'm looking for!! You're the man Jona!!!

Still our work with World has gone mad was unfinished and we forgot about to work further on it. A couple of months later when we had enough of songs to record so we went to the grandiose Boohus studio in Gothenburg to start the recording of the album. My producer Tobias Lindell had a bunch of songs to start working with and all the musicians from the fantastic band HEAT were there to do their job.

Both Jona and I felt that this particular song wasn't one of the strongest and as we listened to our poor demo we figured lets try to make it fit in with the other tunes we've got.

The guys in the band amazed me when they started to play. They have known each other for many years and know exactly where they´re going. We did a couple of rehearsals and soon we had the same sound on the song we thought should be tossed in the garbage can. One day we had a visit from a guy who runs a record company in Gothenburg and he took a fast listening through all the songs. His first comment after he´d finished was Thats the single! In my opinion! World has gone mad!

We all went home and I discussed with my manager about to pick a single for preparing of a video I wanted to make. I still had in mind what the guy from the record company had said. Yeah maybe it's a good one to start with.
I had a picture in my head about to portrait an old mental institution to show how madness could look like. I found a straightjacket and saw myself singing the song wearing it.

Heading back to Gothenburg to work with talented producers for the video was the next thing to do. They had built a padded wall to make it look like a room for me to act upon. I gave everything I had and went totally nuts during the video shooting to really make it credible and to reach the feeling of the context of the song and afterwards I'm glad they didn't use everything of my acting though I really went crazy and it might not be good for my first single out of my new album haha.

After their job to put all the images together and their work with the filming they showed me the video and I felt the same feeling I had that day when I burst out: The world has gone mad!!!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album, and check out the tour dates right here!

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