Day in Rock Report for 09/14/2015

Ozzy Osborne Arrested For Murder, Not Ozzy Osbourne

(Radio.com) A man named Ozzy Osborne was arrested and charged with murder Friday in Alabama, according to authorities. But the man who was arrested was not Ozzy Osbourne, the heavy metal icon, according to the New York Daily News.

The 24-year-old Osborne does not appear to have any relation to the British-born Black Sabbath lead singer of the same name (who was born John Michael Osbourne); and, as noted, their last names are spelled differently.

The murder suspect's last name is spelled "Osborne" while the legendary metal singer's last name is spelled "Osbourne." Osborne allegedly shot a man around 4:30 p.m. Friday just north of the state capitol. He was ordered held on $100,000 bail. Read more here.

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Bryn Merrick Of The Damned Dead At 56

(Classic Rock) Former Damned bassist Bryn Merrick has died at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. He was a member of the band from 1984 until 1989, appearing on two albums including 1985's Phantasmagoria - their best-selling title. He passed away in hospital in Cardiff.

Guitarist Captain Sensible, who wasn't with the band during Merrick's tenure, said: "What a character he was. I didn't see as much of him as my colleagues, but I've heard many funny stories about the lovable rogue over the years.

"Like the time he wandered into a pub across the road from the band's American hotel, asking if they 'had any fags about the place'. Of course it was a gay bar. There's loads more - car theft, prison spells, and all the rest of it - truly, there was never a dull moment with our Mr. Merrick." here.

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Slipknot Livin La Via Loca

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot are Livin La Via Loca in a video mashup that you probably never thought you would see (or indeed ask for). YouTuber Golpe Baixo has made bridged that gap between heavy metal and latin pop.

Baixo created the new clip featuring Ricky Martin's hit song mashed up with Slipknot live footage to create a viral video that has already been seen by over 220,000 people.

Seriously, the amount of effort put into syncing this is nothing short of impressive and Slipknot Corey Taylor's dance is just brilliant. Check out the video here.

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Iron Maiden Score Their Biggest U.S. Hit With 'The Book Of Souls'

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have landed a Top 5 debut on the US album charts with "The Book Of Souls" after the legendary metal band had their best U.S. sales week since Nielsen Music started tracking sales in 1991.

Billboard reports the project opens at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 75,000 copies. The showing equals Iron Maiden's best chart ranking ever - matching the No. 4 placement of 2010's "The Final Frontier."

In their native UK, the Official Charts Company reports the band's first-ever double studio project enters the UK albums chart at No. 1 with opening week sales of just over 60,000. "The Book Of Souls" also debuted at No. 1 on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart and the Official Record Store Chart. Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Compares New Singer To Dio and Freddie Mercury

(Classic Rock) Ritchie Blackmore has revealed his short-term rock comeback will feature a previously unknown singer - and not any of the vocalists he's previously worked with.

The Deep Purple and Rainbow founder recently confirmed he'd play a handful of rock shows next June, and later explained some of his reasons behind the move. His latest comments are at odds with ex-Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner's insistence that he'd be part of the project.

Blackmore tells Billboard: "The singer I found is very exciting - he's a cross between Dio and Freddie Mercury. This will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice."

Meanwhile, Blackmore's Night have released a video for their track Will O' The Wisp, taken from 10th album All Our Yesterdays, to be launched on September 18. Read more here.

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Slayer Release All-Star Prison Riot Themed 'Repentless' Video

Slayer has released their prison riot themed video for "Repentless" which features cameos from a wealth of Hollywood actors from iconic horror movies.

The song is the title track to the band's 12th studio album which was released last Friday, September 11th and is the veteran thrash band's first release without late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died in May of 2013.

The "Repentless" video was filmed at the Los Angeles area woman's prison Sybil Brand Institute and features Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Tony Moran ("Halloween's" Michael Myers, "American Poltergeist"), Derek Mears ("Predators," "Friday the 13th") Tyler Mane ("Halloween") Jason Trost ("Hatchet III"), Sean Whalen ("Men In Black," "Halloween II"), and Vernon Wells ("Mad Max 2," "Commando," "Weird Science").

Watch the BJ McDonnell video here.

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Guns N' Roses Member Looks For Band To Return In 2016

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed says he hopes the band will get back to work in 2016. But he adds that, in the world of GNR, timelines often count for nothing.

Reed tells Loudwire: "With GNR, timelines don't really apply. And that's fine, things will come out when they're ready and we'll go on tour when we're ready. We're looking at probably next year, hopefully."

Other members of the band have given conflicting reports about what the future holds, with bassist Tommy Stinson recently saying he had "no idea" what's next. Guitarist Richard Fortus, meanwhile, said GNR have enough material ready for "two or three albums."

Fellow guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal's status in the group is unclear, after he said in February that he was in an "awkward position" as he'd been asked not to make any comments about the band.

Reed was also asked to clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding frontman Axl Rose. Read his response here.

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Foo Fighters Win Two Emmy Awards For 'Sonic Highways'

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters documentary series, "Sonic Highways", won a pair of Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday as part of the Creative Arts Emmys event, which precedes the 67th Emmy Awards on September 20.

The 8-episode project - which featured a behind the scenes look at the making of the group's 2014 album of the same name - was honored for Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera) and Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera)

"Sonic Highways" was also nominated for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Informational Series. The documentary saw the Foo Fighters visit and record music at some of the world's most iconic recording studios in 8 US cities - Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, DC - with frontman Dave Grohl conducting interviews with some of the artists who have recorded at each facility as well as those who guested on the record. Read more here.

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Muse Announce First Leg Of 'In The Round' Tour

(Classic Rock) Muse have announced the first leg of their 2016 world tour in support of latest album Drones, featuring UK and Europe dates from April to June. The band have also confirmed they'll perform from a stage set at the centre of each arena, offering an "in the round" experience for the first time ever.

Drones, Muse's seventh album, was released in June. Frontman Matt Bellamy admitted he'd had reservations about working with producer Mutt Lange, but soon changed his mind, saying: "He was totally into the concept - he's the kind of person to get into the mind of the artist and whatever the artist wants."

Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 16. Further dates are to be announced across Europe and North America in due course. See the initial tour dates here.

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Queens of the Stone Age Play Surprise Comeback Concert

(Radio.com) The Queens of the Stone Age performed a surprise concert last Thursday night in Los Angeles at the Teragram Ballroom after nearly a year hiatus from the stage. Rather than have another band as the opening act, comedian Bill Burr fulfilled that role.

Frontman Josh Homme announced the event on his Beats 1 radio show the day prior. According to Alternative Nation, Queens of the Stone Age had quite the audience for what turned out to be a rather intimate performance.

Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner, Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain, and former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri were spotted in the audience.

The set included a whopping 17 songs, but the band didn't try out any new material on attendees. Queens at the Stone Age will next perform at the Rock in Rio festival in late September. Check out the setlist here.

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Slipknot, Metallica Stars, Alice Cooper In Metal Horror Documentary

(Classic Rock) Rock and metal artists are contributing to an upcoming documentary detailing the relationship between music and horror. Titled The History Of Metal And Horror, the film features interviews with Alice Cooper, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Chris Jericho, Wednesday 13, Anthrax man Charlie Benante, and more.

Taylor says: "I'm deathly scared of sharks. My mom took me to see the original Jaws when I was really young and it scarred me for life." A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help the film's production, with a target of $50,000 set with two months to go.

The documentary will also feature icons from the world of horror, including Gunnar Hansen who starred in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Night Of The Living Dead's John Russo. Watch the promo video for the film here.

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Shinedown Streaming New Song 'Outcast

(Classic Rock) Shinedown have released an online stream of their track Outcast, taken from fifth album Threat To Survival. The follow-up to 2012's Amaryllis is released on September 18, after a number of delays.

Brent Smith and co recently said: "We can't thank you enough for your patience. We have poured our entire being into these songs and into this album.

"We are beyond proud and we believe it's worth the wait." They're currently touring the US and return to the UK in January. See the tracklisting and stream the new song here.

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David Draiman Plans To Focus On Disturbed Not Device

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed frontman David Draiman has ruled out the chance of making another Device album. He says it working with the side-project was a rewarding experience - but that it's time to focus fully on his reunited main band.

Disturbed launched comeback album Immortalized in August, following a four-year hiatus. Draiman tells Loudwire: "As they say, 'never say never,' but I really don't have any intentions of it. I'm going to make sure I pay proper attention to the leviathan from here on out."

He adds: "All of us had really amazing experiences working with our respective projects - myself with Device, Dan Donegan and Mike Wengren with Fight Or Flight, and John Moyer with Adrenaline Mob, Geoff Tate and everybody else.

"You grow, working with other musicians. You learn from them. The Device record alone was so rewarding. Doing work with Dave Mustaine, producing the Trivium record - all that was a learning process." Read more here.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Reveals Solo Album Details

(Classic Rock) ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming debut solo album and confirmed that the release has been pushed back by two weeks.

He announced earlier this month that he'd release Perfectamundo on October 23 via Concord Records. That date has been moved back to November 6. It's said to be heavily inspired by Cuban music and Gibbons took advice from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl before recording the work.

Now he's issued the names of the album's 11 tracks, which include You're What's Happening Baby, Sal Y Pimiento and Piedras Negras. His backing band the BFGs features Martin Guigui, Mike Flanigan, Alex Garza and Greg Morrow. See the track details here.

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Red Fang Streaming Fraggle Rock-Inspired Song

(Classic Rock) Red Fang have released their Fraggle Rock-inspired track titled Why? It originally appeared on tribute album Shine On which was dedicated to the 80's children's show. But they've now issued a stream of the track to tie in with their upcoming US tour.

And they've announced they'll release the song on 7-inch vinyl on October 3, backed with a cover of Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love. It'll be issued on limited-edition colored vinyl and is now available to pre-order.

They released two-track EP via TeamRock last summer and they'll begin their run of dates in Missoula on September 30. Check out the dates and stream the new song here.

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Cynic's Paul Masvidal Learned Of Band Break Up 'News' On Facebook

(Prog) Cynic guitarist Paul Masvidal says bandmate Sean Reinert's announcement that the band have split is "news" to him. Drummer Reinert said the group had come to an end over "insurmountable artistic and personal differences" and added that all upcoming tour dates had been cancelled.

Now fellow founding member Masvidal has posted his own Facebook update, insisting "Cynic will continue one way or another" and saying Reinert didn't discuss the split with him or touring bassist Sean Malone.

Masvidal says: "This is all news to me. I just landed from Japan and my inbox was exploding. Sean didn't confer with myself or Malone about Cynic's official breakup or the tour being cancelled.

"I'm honestly somewhat relieved it's finally over since it's been quite challenging over the years but I'm also trying to figure out how to possibly salvage this tour - with a new drummer - since the damage he's causing by pulling out at this last minute is inconceivable for me at the moment.

"Please share this message with friends or fans as Sean has taken me off our Facebook page so I can't access it at the moment. Cynic will continue one way or another." Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men Release 'Never Giving Up' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men have released a video for their track Never Giving Up. It appears on Restoring Force: Full Circle, the deluxe double-disc edition of third album Restoring Force, originally released last year.

The band's plans are currently on hold while frontman Austin Carlyle recuperates after medical attention for a heart condition. They recently provided the following update:

"While the surgeries Austin underwent earlier this summer went well, it is important that we allow him time to recover, so we may come back in 2016 stronger than ever." Watch the video here.

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Chicago Blues Museum Coming Soon

(The Blues A museum dedicated to the history of Chicago blues is to be opened in 2017, it's been announced. The Chicago Blues Experience will be based at the city's Navy Pier, and comes after Buddy Guy, among others, spent many years lobbying for its development.

Guy tells WBEZ 91.5: "Chicago and these great blues players should be remembered for ever. I've been pulling for this for over 25 years - and we finally got it, thank God."

The museum will be run by Terry Stewart, former operator of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The organization's website says: "Chicago is the birthplace of modern blues - a pure American art form that has had a profound influence on nearly every style of music that followed." Read more here.

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Opeth Announce 'Deliverance & Damnation'

(Prog) Opeth albums Deliverance and Damnation will be released as a single volume for the first time on October 30. The title will arrive via the resurrected Music For Nations label.

Deliverance was originally released in 2002 and Damnation followed the next year - but Mikael Akerfeldt and co had planned them as one volume. Available in four-disc bookset and triple-vinyl editions, Deliverance & Damnation comes with 5.1 surround mixes, one by Steven Wilson and one by Bruce Soord, redesigned artwork and sleeve notes by Akerfeldt and Prog editor Jerry Ewing.

Akerfeldt says: "The 5.1 surround mix for Damnation was done a while ago by my buddy and co-producer for both albums, Steven Wilson - I've been itching to have it released as it's simply stunning!

"My new-ish friend, Bruce Soord, has done a fantastic remix for Deliverance, literally giving new life to the record and making me start loving it. Finally!" Read more here.

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David Gilmour Streams New Song 'Today'

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming "Today", the latest single from his forthcoming album, "Rattle That Lock." "Today" follows the title track and "5 AM" as the third tune previewed from the record, which was recorded at various places, including Gilmour's Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK.

"'Today' was one of the ones that Phil [Manzanera] put together from two or three pieces of music of mine that I had sort of ignored," says Gilmour. "He's very good at finding them and saying, 'that's great, you should it … and how about using it with that piece and that piece.' So he mocked that one up. It's a gift."

Due September 18, the 10-track set delivers five tunes with lyrics by the Pink Floyd guitarist's wife, author Polly Samson, and two by Gilmour alongside three instrumentals.

Gilmour performed a warm-up show for his upcoming world tour in support of "Rattle That Lock" in Brighton, UK on September 5. Stream the song here.

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The Dead Weather Streaming New Song 'Cop and Go'

(Radio.com) The Dead Weather is preparing to release their third album, Dodge and Burn on September 25 and the band has just premiered a new song from the upcoming album, "Cop and Go."

Dodge and Burn will be their first album in five years. Of course in the time since the band members have kept busy: drummer and leader Jack White has released two solo albums and toured, singer Alison Mosshart has worked with her main band the Kills, bassist Jack Lawrence has worked with his band the Greenhornes and guitarist/keyboardist Dean Fertita has played with Queens of the Stone Age.

Dead Weather won't be touring the promote the album - Jack White recently said he wants to take a long break from touring - but they will be performing Monday night (September 14) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Listen to the new song here.

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Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes Has To Take A Drug Not To Do Drugs

(TeamRock Radio) Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes admits he takes breaks from his anti-addiction medication so he can be "silly and fun" - but he's far from ready to stop taking them for good.

He's been receiving medical care after developing a ketamine problem, which he revealed to fans last year. He's since returned to work with the band and they've just released fifth album That's The Spirit.

Sykes tells Metal Hammer: "It's funny that I've got to take a drug to stop doing other drugs. I have cut down on my medications - I'm trying harder. If I'm off it for just a day it's like the old me times a million, like I'm just stupid. But as soon as that hits I'm just working and have no time for fun.

"I always make sure I come off it every so often and have a few days of being silly and fun." But he continues: "Quitting is out of the question right now. It's something I wouldn't dare toy with - it's done me too much good." Read more here.

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Parkway Drive Had To Change Their Sound For New Album 'Ire'

(TeamRock Radio) Parkway Drive say that they had to modify their sound on fifth album Ire. It's out on September 25, and frontman Winston McCall reveals if they had continued to play faster, heavier music, it would take away what makes the band tick.

He tells ToneDeaf: "The whole record, the whole idea of it was change. Early on we felt we had written four albums, which we really loved that were written to a very specific formula and with the same goals in mind: to be faster, heavier, harder the whole time.

"Once it came to making a new record, we felt if we go faster we are going to start creating noise that we don't want to create - we are going to start losing aspects of the band that we love, we'll lose the melody, I'm going to have to sing even lower and there's going to be no humanity left." Read more here.

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Ghost Town Announce New Album 'Evolution'

(TeamRock Radio) Ghost Town will release their third album Evolution on November 6, they've confirmed. The record will be issued via Atlantic with lead single Spark to precede it on October 16. Linkin Park and Weezer producer Josh Abraham worked with the band over six weeks at Pulse Studios in Los Angeles.

Frontman Kevin Ghost says: "In the past we've written a lot of songs about very specific relationships or very specific situations that people go through. This is a broader spectrum - the message has to do with people opening their eyes and not being so tunnel-visioned.

"Don't do the first thing someone tells you to do just because it seems like the easiest thing to do. It's not about what you wear, or how many people follow you, or how you look. It's about creating a community of like-minded people and accepting everyone." Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Voices Recruit Nick Barker For Winterfylleth Tour

(TeamRock Radio) London's Voices head next week as main support for Winterfylleth's first UK headline tour, starting in Sheffield on September 15. But with masterblaster David Gray unable to take his usual spot behind the drums due to work commitments, the band have found a replacement in none other than legendary sticksman, Nick Barker.

With Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Lock-Up, Gorgoroth, Testament and Birmingham's hyperspeed agents of aggro Anaal Nathakh amongst his extensive resumé, Nick's proved to be one of the most demonically talented drummers in the extreme music scene, and one of the few who could reach the inhuman speeds necessary to take David Gray's place.

"It's an honor for me to man the drum throne for my London brethren, Voices on this upcoming UK stint with Winterfylleth," says Nick Barker himself. "I love the music of Voices and have always had huge respect for David Gray and his monumental percussive skills behind the kit." Read more here.

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Flying Colors Announce Second Flight: Live At The Z7

(Classic Rock) Flying Colors have revealed details of an upcoming live release. The band issue Second Flight: Live At The Z7 on November 13 via Music Theories Recordings on multiple formats including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD and digital.

Filmed in Switzerland on their 2014 tour, the release is the follow-up to their previous concert film Live In Europe. The show was filmed just a week after the release of Flying Colors' second album Second Nature. Guitarist Steve Morse says: "It was especially exciting because we had just performed many of these songs for the first time, days before."

It can be heard in 5.1-surround recorded in two separate locations - behind the front-of-house soundboard, or in the front row. An audio-only version of the concert is available in Headphone Surround. The headphone mix will be available in formats designed especially for HD devices such as Pono.

Singer Casey McPherson adds: "We had a blast playing these tunes and can't wait for you to hear them. You can feel the excitement."

A trailer for the film can be viewed here.

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Killing Joke Streaming New Song 'I Am The Virus'

(Classic Rock) Killing Joke have released a lyric video for their track I Am The Virus. The song is taken from the group's ninth album Pylon, which is set to be released on October 23 via Spinefarm.

Bassist Martin 'Youth' Glover recently had the following to say about the album: "It's stark, brutal industrial suicide. It's the third in a truptich of albums - Absolute Dissent, MMXII and now Pylon.

"We remain genre-blind so our music will always cover a vat spectrum of influences, from disco right through to heavy metal and beyond." Check out the new song here.

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Steve Hillage's 1977 Live Recordings To Finally Be Released

(Prog) Steve Hillage's live recording from Madison Square Garden in 1977 will be released for the first time next week. The Gong and System 7 pioneer will launch the eight-track title via Cleopatra Records on CD and vinyl.

It also includes studio recordings with Rick Wakeman and Star Trek icon William Shatner. Hillage, who says he'd been waiting for the right moment to release the recording, reports:

"Madison Square Garden in New York is a major venue - it was a fantastic honor to play there. We were playing to audiences who mostly didn't know our music too well, so we just let rip and went for it. The band was really firing." Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Scorpions Tour Kick Off Videos Go Online

(hennemusic) The Scorpions launched the North American leg of their 50th Anniversary Tour in Boston on September 10 and video from opening night has been posted online.

The show at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion saw the German rockers perform an 18-song of classic tracks and tunes from their latest album, "Return To Forever."

An expanded edition of the project was issued on September 11 in North America following its European spring release. The updated version includes seven bonus tracks and two exclusives: "Crazy Ride" and "One And One Is Three."

On November 6, The Scorpions will revisit their past with expanded reissues of eight of their classic albums as part of a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions series. Read more and stream the videos from the tour kick off here.

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Chris Cornell Releases 'Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart' Video

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell has released a video for "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart", the lead track from his forthcoming fourth solo album, "Higher Truth," which is set to be released on September 18th.

Directed by Jessie Hill, the clip sees Cornell making his acting debut in a Wild West setting alongside cameos by Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Heroes, The Expendables) and W. Earl Brown (Deadwood).

Cornell recorded "Higher Truth" with producer Brendan O'Brien in Seattle. The Soundgarden frontman will launch the record with a 6-week theater tour of North America that will see $1 from every ticket sold going to the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation, a charitable organization that helps to protect the most vulnerable children facing problems such as homelessness, poverty, abuse or neglect.

The singer will regroup with Soundgarden to record and release a new album in 2016. Watch the video here.

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Sonny Landreth Streams New Song 'Bound By The Blues'

(Classic Rock) Sonny Landreth has premiered his lyric video for his song Bound By The Blues with TeamRock. It's the title track from the return-to-roots album he released in June via Mascot Label Group.

Landreth recently had the following to say about the project: "Ever since The Road We're On in 2003, fans have been asking me, 'When are you going to do another blues album?'

"I'd been playing a lot of these ones on the road with my band and we'd been taking them to some surprising places musically. Recording them with just a trio seemed like the next step." Check out the new song here.

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Enchant Streaming New Song 'Deserve To Feel'

(Prog) Enchant have released a stream of their track Deserve To Feel. It features on The Great Divide - the first album from the US outfit in 10 years, released last year via InsideOut.

They'll embark on a European tour next month, kicking off at the ProgPower festival in Baarlo, Netherlands, on October 4 before dates in Germany, the UK and France.

Guitarist Doug Ott said: "We are super excited to be headed back to Europe to play for our fans. It's been way too long and we're looking forward to being back on the road performing again, playing old favourites and a bunch of new material from The Great Divide."

Enchant will co-headline with Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion. The Flower Kings singer's project released their third album HFMC this year. Stream the song here.

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Amberian Dawn Reveal New Song 'The Court Of Mirror Hall'

(TeamRock Radio) Amberian Dawn have released a lyric video for their track The Court Of Mirror Hall, taken from seventh album Innuendo. The follow-up to last year's Magic Forest will arrive on October 23 via Napalm Records.

Mainman Tuomas Seppala had the following to say: "This is one of the most melodic and vocal-driven album in our history. I have worked with without any limitations.

Seppala adds, "Our new vocalist, Capri Paivi Virkkunen, was able to bring tons of emotion with her sound and lyric writing. I'm sure this album will be our best so far."

Amberian Dawn will tour Europe next month alongside Delain and The Gentle Storm. Check out the new song here.

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Singled Out: Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls' Turn On (The Radio)

Today Jason Heath from Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls tells us about the song "Turn On (The Radio)" from their brand new album "A Season Undone," which was released last Friday (September 11). Here is the story:

The song "Turn On (The Radio)" is one of those tunes that came from riffing and jamming in the rehearsal space. I was working off of a little progression that myself and the guitar player at the time, Matt Johnson, were bouncing around. Usually when we're in that frame of mind I'll just start singing as "the spirit" moves me and see what comes out of my mouth... and when I did the words "turn on the radio" came out when we got near the chorus.

I kept thinking to myself that those lyrics were kind of lame and didn't really want to take them any further. But then when I got into the car to drive home that night I turned on the radio and began listening, as I usually did after late night rehearsals, to Jim Ladd's radio show. He used to have this show, on KLSX in LA, he did that was free-form radio and he would play whatever he wanted to and he really elevated the DJ thing to an art form. He did a show one time on Martin Luther Kings Birthday where he mixed together Dr. King's sermons and speeches with music from U2 and others... It nearly brought me to tears it was so touching. Anyway, I began to think that maybe the idea of "turning on the radio and playing all the records we already know" wasn't so goofy after all, and then I started thinking about the spirit of rebellion in all the music that had always influenced me from Woody Guthrie to Public Enemy and everything in between. And that even though they were talkin' about some heavy sh*t they were still having a good time.

In the immortal words of famed Anarchist Emma Goldman, "If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution." So I started toying with ideas of us against them and imagined the idea of tuning into frequencies that could adjust and help equilibrate some of the imbalances in our social order, if you will. That's when the rest of the lyrics formed and fell into place.

We started playing it live quite awhile before we ever recorded it and so the guys in the band started throwing in different back-up vocal ideas and it really took shape as a sort of group anthem. When it came time to record it I really wanted to capture that '60s garage rock vibe so Jay Federici used his Vox Continental for the organ parts and we brought in Farayi Dominique to sing the backup vocals with the fellas and she gave the track a lot of soul!

It's a different sort of song than we're accustomed to as it's pretty much the same riff the entire song but the dynamics and passion seem to carry it along without out it getting stale or too repetitive... at least in my opinion. The screaming slide guitar wah wah solo might have som'n to do with that.

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

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