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Day in Rock Report for 09/23/2015



Slash and Duff McKagan's AC/DC Jam Video Posted Online

(Gibson) Duff McKagan, and Slash inadvertently added more fuel to the Guns N' Roses reunion rumor mill when the pair reunited during a recent charity event in Los Angeles.

McKagan and Slash teamed up with fellow Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner, Franky Perez from Apocalyptica, and comedian Bill Burr on drums.

The impromptu band played the Guns N' Roses classics "It's So Easy," and "Paradise City," as well as a cover of AC/DC's "Highway To Hell." Check out video of the band's cover of "Highway To Hell" here.

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Kurt Cobain's Beatles Cover Song Streaming Online

(Radio.com) Director Brett Morgen discovered a goldmine of previously unreleased audio and footage while working on his Kurt Cobain biopic Montage of Heck. One of the surprising finds is a very raw acoustic version of The Beatles' classic "And I Love Her," performed by Cobain on an acoustic guitar.

According to Stereogum, a 7″ record containing The Beatles cover and the Cobain rarity "Sappy" will be released on Nov. 20. Back in May we reported that Morgen said he had enough unheard Cobain songs to release a full-length album. No word on whether there will be a full release, but this 7″ should keep fans happy for a bit.

The John Lennon and Paul McCartney-penned "And I Love Her" was originally featured on the Beatles' 1964 album A Hard Days Night. It has been covered by a diverse range of artists including Diana Krall, Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola. Listen to Cobain's cover here.

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AC/DC Launching Rock Or Bust Beer

(hennemusic) AC/DC will launch its own Rock Or Bust beer in Australia via ALDI Supermarkets on September 30. The Shout reports the beer will be available in time for the Australian leg of the band's world tour of the same name, which starts in Sydney on November 4.

The pale lager is made by German brewery Karlsberg and has been brewed to the "Reinheitsgebot", the German Beer Purity law of 1516. "We're very excited to celebrate AC/DC's legendary rock status with the launch of AC/DC Beer in Australia," said an ALDI Australia spokesperson. "The combination of great German Beer and Aussie Hard Rock just seems like a match made in heaven."

AC/DC are currently playing dates on their North American tour, which will wrap up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 28. Watch the Rock or Bust video here.

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David Bowie Writes Theme Song For New TV Series

(Radio.com) David Bowie wrote the theme song for British Sky Broadcasting's new series The Last Panthers (via Billboard). The six-part crime drama starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt focuses on a European diamond heist based off the Pink Panthers gang.

Bowie wrote the eponymously titled theme song-his first such endeavor in 20 years-after meeting with the series' director Johan Renck. 'I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence but was presented with a god," Renck said of Bowie. "His first response was precise, engaged and curious."

The director went on to describe hearing the final product, "The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself-dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can't fathom what actually happened." Read more here.

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Anthrax's Scott Ian Unleashes On Spotify

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Jasta Show where he covered a lot of topics including the sad state of music festivals this year and he shared his very strong negative feels about the Spotify music streaming service.

Here is that segment of the interview: "I don't have Spotify. I don't stream. I don't do any of that. So I'm ignorant to that. That's a good question that I'll ask my manager. Like, all our old Island catalog, is 'Among The Living' on Spotify? I have no idea. If it is, I'm sure we're not making any off it. Even if we had the best deal in the world, we still wouldn't be seeing any money from Spotify. That's why when I hear musicians use Spotify, I'm, like, 'Really? You're supporting a company that's ripping you off.' That's amazing. 'Yeah, but it's so easy to just have your music.' I'm, like, 'It's really easy to have my music without Spotify.' I just never got that. You know this company is f***ing you, yet you are still okay with using it. That's weird to me."

"The thing is, I get it, I get it. It's how a lot of people on the planet get their music now, and I'm not against that. I wouldn't say, 'Don't put our records on there,' because I understand it now. It's, like, great, that's how you're getting our music, and then maybe you're gonna go buy a ticket next time we come through. So I get that; I totally get it.

"On the other side of that, I'm still the guy who… I came from the era where you could actually have a platinum album. How many records went platinum in America last year? That's a f***ing joke. So take your streaming and shove it up you're a**, is really how I truly feel about it. But that doesn't mean I'm gonna be a caveman and say, 'We're not streaming.' I want our music to get out there. I want as many people to get exposed to it as possible." Stream the full episode here.

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Stevie Nicks Performs With The Foo Fighters

(hennemusic) Stevie Nicks and HAIM joined the Foo Fighters for a pair of classic tracks at The Forum in Los Angeles on Monday September 21st which was one of two dates the Foo Fighters are playing at The Forum as part of their North American tour in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways.".

Nicks took center stage to duet with Dave Grohl on her 1981 single, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", with the guitarist handling Tom Petty's parts from the original version. Nicks then sang "Gold Dust Woman" from Fleetwood Mac's 1977 smash, "Rumours."

The September 21 show was one of two dates the Foo Fighters are playing at The Forum as part of their North American tour in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways."

Grohl continues to perform on a metal throne with his leg in a walking boot as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a June 12 show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The rocker fell off stage early in the show, received treatement, and returned to finish the concert, but the incident led to the cancellation of the group's European tour, including the pair of UK dates. Watch video of the two song performances with Stevie Nicks here.

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Metallica Star Sets Release For Jaco Documentary

(Classic Rock) The Jaco Pastorius documentary produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will be released on November 27. Jaco explores the short life of bass icon Pastorius - widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented electric bass players of all time.

He worked with Joni Mitchell and The Weather Report, among others, and released a string of solo albums. He died in 1987 at the age of 35 following a fight in a Florida club.

Trujillo and his partners at Passion Pictures will team up with Black Friday and Record Store Day organisers for the launch. Jaco will be released via on demand streaming services and digital download on the same day that it is issued on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also issued on the same day will be the Jaco: Original Soundtrack album. The production was made possible via a successful PledgeMusic campaign, which has already hit 166% of its target - and still has three days left to run. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden's Epic Songs Come Naturally

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris admits the band find it hard writing short songs these days. They've recorded long tracks in the past but made latest album The Book Of Souls their first double studio release as it contains several lengthy pieces, including the 18-minute epic Empire Of The Clouds.

Harris tells Goldmine: "We've always done what we wanted to do right from the first album, so there's no difference there. It's just that we do have difficulty writing short songs these days. I don't know why that is. It's just the way it evolved."

He continues: "There's no real reason besides the fact that we do have all kinds of influences. Some of them being prog kind of stuff. But we're not trying specifically to be like anything other than just writing what the songs we feel are right at the time."

Harris reports part of the excitement of the writing process is that they don't know what the end result will be, and adds: "We just go in and do it and what comes out, comes out. It's only afterward, when we do interviews, when we try to analyze it. We don't analyze what we do. We just do it." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Covers Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell performed a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" recently on SiriusXM and video of his performance of the song has been posted online.

Prince originally wrote the tune for one of his side projects, The Family, and it went on to become a worldwide hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990. Cornell is making the rounds to promote his newly-released fourth solo album, "Higher Truth."

The follow-up to 2009's "Scream" was recorded earlier this year in Seattle with producer Brendan O'Brien. Cornell launched a 6-week theater tour of North America in San Diego, CA on September 18. Check out the song performance here.

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Trail Of Dead's Conrad Keely Releasing Solo Album

(Prog) And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead frontman Conrad Keely has revealed that he recorded his first solo album this summer and expects to release it next spring.

The album - which has not yet been named - features songs written while traveling, mostly through Cambodia where he currently lives. Some of the tracks were also written while on tour with ...Trail of Dead, using the back of their tour bus as a makeshift recording studio.

Keenly has also announced he'll make solo appearances at the Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, Germany, this week. He plays two sets in the city on Thursday (September 22), one at Michelle Records at 5pm and then at St Pauli Kirche from 8pm. Read more here.

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Kittie Look Back At Their Career In New Documentary

Kittie have announced that they plan to release a documentary that will cover their entire career. The film won't be released until next year but the trailer will premiere this Friday.

The theatric premiere of the trailer will take place this Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9pm in London, Ontario, Canada at the Hyland Cinema and then be posted online.

The band had the following to say about the film, "We are absolutely elated to be able to tell the band's colorful history through the many people that were involved throughout the years.

"This project has been a labor of love for the last year and a half and we are excited that things are finally coming together. I'm sure people will be shocked, and maybe even a little astonished when our collective story is told. It has been a wild ride! Thank you to everyone who donated to the IndieGoGo campaign, who made this possible!"

Director Rob McCallum adds, "It's been an awesome adventure discovering the real story of the band. You think you've got the story sorted out from what you can research online only to realize that everything on you thought you knew is only contorted fragments and a cracked reflection of the ultimate reality.

"The film charts the career of the heavy metal act from 1996 to present day from their perspective, as it's clear that they've never been given a platform to share their story in their words, and in their own voice. In addition to the band's specific history, the documentary looks at the evolution in the music industry, gender and color politics in music, and, the backlash of success.

"Whether you're familiar with the band or not, this is a universal story that touches on themes of self worth, living up to exceptions of others, the necessity of goals, and the importance of family. It's a roller coaster ride that will get you to question and consider your own life in a different light. It's an important film and I'm lucky that I have the chance share it with the world."

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Havok Recruit Job For A Cowboy's Nick Schendzielos

Havok have recruited Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage star Nick Schendzielos to replace bassist Mike Leon, who recently left the group to join Soulfly.

The band revealed that Schendzielos will not only take part in their upcoming North American tour but he will part of the recording of the band's fourth studio album.

He had the following to say about his new gig, "I'm incredibly excited to be working with Havok. Been friends with the dudes forever, always have a blast with 'em, and now I get to thrash with 'em! I have big shoes to fill...Mike is a really, really solid player, but I think my playing style will mix in really well and fans will dig it. The new music is by far the coolest Havok I've ever heard. Can't wait to release it!"

Guitarist Reece Scruggs adds, "Nick's skills are documented, go check it out yourselves. He's a guy that's well respected amongst our peers and loved by his friends and band mates. It was an obvious choice to get him for the record and upcoming tour."

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Slayer's Kerry King Feared Gary Holt Might Turn Down The Job

(Classic Rock) Kerry King has compared asking Gary Holt to join Slayer to asking a girl to a school prom - and says the conversation was held before it was known that the band would need him.

Exodus guitarist Holt began standing in for Jeff Hanneman in 2011 after the Slayer co-founder fell ill, and he's remained with them following Hanneman's death in 2013.

King tells Talk Is Jericho: "I already had Gary in my back pocket for any future thing. I called Gary in early 2010 and said, 'If I ever do anything, would you be into doing it?' He's like, 'Man, I was hoping you'd hit me up.' We kept it in our back pocket. There was no music - there was nothing."

King returned to the idea the next year. "The Jeff thing went down and I called Gary again," he says. "These are hard conversations, because even though Gary's my friend, I don't know…

"It's like asking a girl out to the prom, kind of. If you get turned down, you're like, 'Oh man, we suck. F***!' I said, 'Hey dude, we're going to Australia and Jeff's not going. Would you like to be in Slayer?'

"He said, 'Absolutely,' and we've been going ever since." Read more here.

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Elbow Frontman Guy Garvey Releasing Debut Solo Album

(Prog) Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has confirmed the release of debut solo album Courting The Squall on October 30. He will also launch a European tour in November, with his live band augmented by Elbow's brass section.

He recorded the initial parts at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, along with a band he formed from his "favourite musicians outside Elbow" - Pete Jobson of I Am Kloot, Nathan Sudders from The Whip, keyboardist Ben Christophers and drummer Alex Reeves.

Garvey reports that the outfit "moved fast and drank a lot" and focused on recording with minimal overdubs. While his main band is a democracy, the frontman was "firmly and exclusively in the driving seat" for Courting The Squall. See the upcoming tour dates here.

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Don Henley Performs New Song and Classic Hit On Stephen Colbert

(hennemusic) Don Henley performed a pair of songs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday as he promotes his forthcoming album, "Cass County". Video of the performances have been posted online.

Henley played "Too Much Pride" from the project before delivering "New York Minute" from 1989's "The End Of The Innocence" Due September 25, The Eagles drummer's fifth solo record and first release in 15 years sees him joined on the country-inspired project by guests including Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard.

Henley will launch a month-long fall tour of North America on October 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, with singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin opening all shows. Read more and watch the videos of the TV performances here.

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Fit For An Autopsy Stream New Song 'Murder In The First'

(TeamRock Radio) Fit For An Autopsy have released a lyric video for their track Murder In The First. The song is taken from the deathcore outfit's upcoming album Absolute Hope Absolute Hell, out on October 2 via eOne/Good Fight.

Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is their first record with singer Joe Badolato, who replaced Nate Johnson earlier this year. They previously issued a stream of the track Saltwound.

Guitarist Pat Sheridan recently said: "The new album is a bit of a step in a new direction for the band. You'll hear a lot of new influences in our sound, and a real creative move towards other genres."

Fit For An Autopsy launch a North American tour in November with The Acacia Strain, Counterparts, Glass Cloud and Kublai Khan. Check out the new song here.

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Upon A Burning Body Release 'Scars' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Upon A Burning Body have released a video for their track Scars. The clip is made up of live footage captured on the band's run of dates on this year's All Stars Tour.

Scars is taken from UABB's third album The World Is My Enemy Now, released last year via Sumerian Records. The band are working on the follow-up.

Frontman Danny Leal previously said: "The thing that we really need to do is solidify that Upon A Burning Body sound. We have a ton of ideas on the way. We'll put together a smash, we have no doubt." Watch the video here.

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Gong's Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy Albums Remastered

(Prog) Gong's Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy albums have been remastered and packaged together for release on October 30. The latest lineup of Gong, fronted by Kavus Torabi, will tour the UK around the release date.

Flying Teapot, Angels Egg and You - originally released between 1973 - 1974 - will be available in a three-disc vinyl box set and four-disc earbook edition via BYG/Charly Records.

The LP set comes with reproduced rare promotional material created by late founder Daevid Allen, while the earbook includes a 60-page volume and a bonus CD containing the band's rare debut single and other hard-to-find items. See the upcoming tour dates here.

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Synaesthesia Change Their Name Following Split With Label

(Prog) Synaesthesia have split with their record label as a result of "creative differences" and their delayed second album will be released independently, they've reported. And they've confirmed a change of name to Kyros.

Vocalist and keyboardist Adam Wayne, guitarists Samuel Higgins and Joey Frevola, bassist Peter Episcopo and drummer Robin Johnson have released an EP called Beta, containing six tracks from the upcoming record. It can be purchased during their European shows, where they're opening for Spock's Beard.

Kyros say: "The band started life as a studio project between Adam Warne, Nikolas Jon and Giant Electric Pea. The band have parted ways with Giant Electric Pea due to 'creative differences' that surfaced during recording sessions." Read more here.

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Ash Release 'Machinery' Video

(Classic Rock) Ash have released a video for Machinery, taken from the band's Kablammo! album. It's the third single to be taken from the album, following Cocoon and Free.

The album, described by the band as a "streamlined blazing guitar record," is the follow-up to 2007's Twilight of the Innocents. Kablammo! was launched with two secret shows in February.

"It's essentially a song about someone in modern times trying to find a real connection," says singer Tim Wheeler. "It was one of the final ones we worked on," adds bassist Mark Hamilton. "It's just a beautiful melody." Watch the video here.

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Thieves' Kitchen Release New Album 'The Clockwork Universe'

(Prog) Thieves' Kitchen have just released their sixth album, The Clockwork Universe. The follow-up to 2013's One For Sorrow, Two For Joy explores the subject of scientific learning, and it's on sale now, with a vinyl edition available to pre-order.

The trio of Phil Mercy, Thomas Johnson and Amy Darby are joined on the album by bassist Johan Brand and flautist Anna Holmgren from Anglagard, along with ex Sanguine Hum drummer Paul Mallyon.

Thieves' Kitchen say: "These are songs about people whose experience brings them into contact with a universe of science - whether as a child, a neglected spouse, young lovers or as a bystander confronted with the inexorable progress of industrialization". Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live Footage From Leeds Festival

(hennemusic) Metallica have released video footage of their performance of "Whiskey in The Jar" at the Leeds festival on August 30. The band recorded the tune for their 1998 compilation album, "Garage Inc."

"I'd like to dedicate this next song to a fallen soldier, Mr. Clifford Lee Burton," said James Hetfield as he introduced the traditional Irish song covered by Thin Lizzy. "Who lives with us all and is here in spirit, and this is from his favourite band. This is going to make you bounce. Beware."

Metallica's video highlight package also includes drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo in the meet and greet as well as the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The Leeds appearance was the sixth and final date on a short run across Europe that saw the band playing a mix of headline and festival shows. Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Seven Witches' World Without Man

Seven Witches vocalist Anthony Cross tells us the story about their new single "World Without Man", which comes from their most recent studio album "The Way of The Wicked". Here is the story:

"World Without Man" really came about from my love of post apocalyptic stories and films. I was a big fan of the original Mad Max films & the Charlton Heston film "The Omega Man" when I was younger. And more recently "I Am Legend" I'm intrigued by all the different ideas of what the world would be like after a plague or a nuclear holocaust. My love for sci-fi & horror films plays into that.

But it's really a song about putting yourself in the position of everything you know being gone. No more Internet, Cell Phones, Electricity, Etc… Could you go back to living the way that humanity did before we had all these things?

In the song it goes "Cry for the world, that we brought down to her knees" This is just pretty transparent. We, the human race are all to blame for the slow destruction of this planet. Whether it be pollution, war, destroying natural resources. If we ceased to exist the world would start to heal.
"in a world without man she would start to breathe"

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a tree hugger by any means, I fall right into the category of part of the disease that is destroying this planet. But the song is something to think about. It's a lyric that really makes you say What if? Well, at least that's what it means to me.

So when I got the rough mix from Jack the opening riff just lit me up and I wrote "How would it be, if One Day man no longer was" the rest kind of just flowed and the end result is what you have here.

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

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