Day in Rock Report for 09/24/2015

Metallica and Motley Crue Feud Reignited By Tommy Lee

The old animosity between Metallica and Motley Crue has been reignited after Motley drummer Tommy Lee mocked Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich with a Twitter photo following appearances by both bands at this year's Rock in Rio festival.

The bad blood between the groups date back to their early days when Motley Crue were the kings of the glam scene on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and Metallica were one of the pioneers of the thrash metal scene but were forced to relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Los Angeles to find a more receptive audience.

One of the most notable exchanges in feud included Ulrich accusing the Crue of using a backing tape during their appearance on the 1997 American Music Awards which caused Nikki Sixx to respond, "Dear, Sweet, Fat, Balding Larz (love the make up babe!). Taking your ever moronic soapbox position on a subject that's NONE of your f***ing business has made you to be an a**hole as usual.

"Considering that me and Tommy know that your live tapes have been re-recorded, And ALL your instruments were repaired in Pro Tools (and had the balls to lie to your fans and call it a 'live' album)...People in glass houses should NOT throw rocks!!! considering you decided to take your bullsh*t to the press, we feel its only fair to return the punch!! You are such a poseur and thanks for releasing that 'load' of sh*t CD of yours...you made more room for us."

Now, Tommy Lee has poked fun at Lars' drumming ability by posting a photo on Twitter that was created by a N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton meme generator that that shows the words "Straight Outta Tempo" over a photo of Ulrich. See his post below:

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Scott Weiland Reportedly Sued By Lawyers For $50,000

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is reportedly being sued by the law firm for alleged unpaid fees in the legal fight that followed his firing from STP.

G&M Law reportedly filed a lawsuit against the singer claiming that Weiland owes them $50,000 for legal services they provided for him in 2013, according to a report from the gossip site TMZ.

The firm represented Weiland when he was sued by his former bandmates and they also filed a countersuit on his behalf. He dropped the firm in 2014 and they reportedly claim that he failed to pay his balance with the firm.

Weiland and the band eventually settled their dispute, with Stone Temple Pilots retaining their name but with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington filling the lead vocalist role.

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AC/DC Upsets Chicago Cubs Manager

(Radio.com) The Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is none too happy with AC/DC. Apparently there were some Dirty Deeds done at historic Wrigley Field when the band played a show there last Tuesday, and not all of them occurred on stage.

"Since the AC/DC concert we've had a little bit of trouble," Maddon told ESPN. "I don't know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels."

The grounds crew at Wrigley replaced the grass that was in the outfield during AC/DC's Rock or Bust tour stop with brand new sod, but according to ESPN, a number of players have expressed concern over the condition of the field. Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Reunion Would Be Impossible Says David Gilmour

(Gibson) David Gilmour just released a new solo album called Rattle That Lock, and to help promote the release, he did a rare U.S. television interview last weekend on CBS This Morning.

In the interview, the former Pink Floyd singer and guitarist talked about why he will never, ever do a Pink Floyd reunion. Gilmour said he's been finished with Pink Floyd "for a long time" and that following Pink Floyd band mate Rick Wright's passing, it would be "impossible" to do a proper reunion.

He added "there would be no great joy in it" for him if he did do a reunion at this point. Gilmour concluded that the group "ran its course in a wonderful way. I don't miss it."

A song off Gilmour's solo album called "A Boat Lies Waiting" is actually a tribute to Wright, who passed away of cancer in 2008. Read more here.

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Slaves Singer Jonny Craig Speaks Out About Warped Tour Drama

(TeamRock Radio) Slaves singer Jonny Craig has opened up on the band being kicked off this year's Vans Warped Tour. The Californian group (not to be confused with the British two-piece) were ejected from the tour in the wake of allegations that Craig was not sober and that he sexually harassed a member of their merchandising staff.

In the midst of these allegations, guitarist Alex Lyman was attacked and stabbed by a man who later faced a hate crime charge. Craig says that while he had been drinking, he wasn't taking heroin and hasn't done since forming Slaves in 2014.

He tells TeamRock Radio's You Heard It Here First with Sophie K: "At first we were like, okay, this is probably the stupidest thing that's ever happened to us. I used to put a needle in my arm, so if I want to have a beer I think I'm entitled to be able to be able to respect myself.

"They're sitting there calling my band enablers and all this sh*t. Those people have literally been here since the moment I started this band and have kept me clean." Check out the full interview segment, including his comments about the sexual harassment claims here.

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Rob Zombie Teams With Mila Kunis For TV Horror Comedy Series

(Classic Rock) Rob Zombie has been named co-producer and director of an upcoming TV comedy horror series. Deadline report that the show entitled Trapped has been commissioned by US network Starz in conjunction with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions.

It was created and written by Arrested Develpoment co-producer Joey Slamon and focuses on a family who find themselves under siege from a murderous cult.

Zombie says: "Me and my pal Mila have some crazy sh*t planned." Orchard Farm's Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov will also be onboard as executive producers. Read more here.

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Alexisonfire Are Officially Back But Have No Immediate Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Alexisonfire have distanced themselves from announcing a full-blown comeback. Guitarist Wade McNeil said during a performance last week in Toronto that the band were "officially back."

However they've now played down hopes of a permanent reunion via Facebook. "It was an unforgettable summer. All of us are extremely grateful to have such loyal and dedicated fans who were willing to stick with us. That being said, we feel the need to clarify something.

"'Alexisonfire is officially back' may well be true, but it seems some may be reading more into this than they should. The truth is, nothing has really changed. We all have our own careers and families which require our attention and as far as Alexisonfire is concerned, there are no immediate plans.

"What 'Alexisonfire is back' does mean is that the five of us are back in each other's lives and are as good friends now as we've ever been. If we're lucky, we'll see you out there again. Thank you for sharing in the moment with us." Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Release 'I Won't Give In' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria have released a video for their single I Won't Give In. The band are working on the follow-up to 2013's From Death To Destiny - which will be their first with new frontman Denis Stoff and fourth overall. Stoff replaced Danny Worsnop, who departed in January.

Guitarist Ben Bruce says: "We spent the summer collecting footage for our new music video for our current single I Won't Give In. This video showcases just how strong our family is.

"The love and support everyone has shown us over the years is incredible and this video truly captures the bond we share with our fans and with each other. I know you guys will enjoy watching this video as much as I have enjoyed watching it."

Bruce also revealed that a new song will be unveiled in the coming days. Watch the video here.

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Corey Taylor Reveals New Stone Sour EP Release Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Stone Sour's second in a series of three cover EPs will be out in October or November, frontman Corey Taylor has revealed. Straight Outta Burnbank is the follow-up to this year's Meanwhile In Burbank... and features Halestorm's Lzzy Hale singing a version of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter as well as takes on material by Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motley Crue and Bad Brains.

Taylor tells Lazer 103.3 (via Blabbermouth): "It's done, it's mixed. We've got the artwork all together. It's looking to come out either October or November. So that's where that's at. And it's awesome. It's really good.

"We're actually more into this one than we are Meanwhile In Burbank. And that's nothing against the first one; the first one's super solid. This one is so diverse, but it all feels really good." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Does Surprise Birthday Jam With Jackson Browne

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen took to the stage Tuesday night (Sept. 22) with Jackson Browne for a New Jersey jamfest, just in time to celebrate the Boss' birthday.

While Springsteen turned 66 years-old Wednesday, it was the crowd at the Browne show in Red Bank, NJ that received a pretty awesome gift in the form of a Bruce surprise appearance.

The set began with Browne calling for Teresa Williams, his wife, to come to the stage. "I want Teresa on this song," he said, orchestrating the big reveal. Then came the introduction of the Boss and they dove into into rendition of 'Take It Easy," the Eagles classic, which Browne co-wrote.

Check out the performance here.

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Atreyu Release 'Do You Know Who You Are?' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Atreyu have released a video for their track Do You Know Who You Are? The song comes from their comeback album Long Live, released last week via Spinefarm Records.

It's Alex Varkatzas and co's first studio release since 2009's Congregation Of The Damned and comes after a three-year hiatus the band insisted they needed to take to refocus.

Guitarist Dan Jacobs said: "Because the only outlet we had was Atreyu, the sound started really altering. Stepping back and being able to do our own things, we could get that out of our system, find a comfortable place to have that outlet, and not let it affect the integrity of our sound.

"The reason we're able to come back now, be who we are, sound the way we do and be confident about what we're doing, is that that's not in the way any more." Watch the video here.

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Motorhead Releasing Their Own Brand Of Whisky

(Classic Rock) Motorhead have unveiled their own branded whisky. The tipple adds to the band's Motorhead Drinks line which already includes beer, wine and vodka. Motorhead Whisky launches on October 1, but only in Sweden for the time being.

Lemmy and co have collaborated with Swedish award-winning distillery Mackmyra on the drink, which is said to have strong bourbon influences. The frontman - who recently said he had switched from his usual drink of bourbon and Coke to vodka and orange - says: "Life is less painful with Motorhead Whisky. I may consider having a sip now and then."

The drink is described as an "alert and vital - almost cocky - perfectly balanced whisky with nice caramel and typical vanilla notes from American oak." Motorhead are said to have played an active role in both choosing casks and blends.

Drummer Mikkey Dee adds: "We think it's great fun to launch a whisky in collaboration with a Swedish, world-famous distillery, Mackmyra. The whisky is incredibly good, with full character and fully flavored with a superb bourbon touch, as it's been aged in new American oak casks." Read more here.

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Blessthefall Release 'Walk On Water' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Blessthefall have released a video for their track Walk On Water. The American outfit previously issued a lyric promo for the track, taken from fifth album To Those Left Behind. It was released last week via Fearless Records.

The video was directed by Raul Gonzo who's worked with artists including Enter Shikari and All Time Low - and vocalist Beau Bokan has praised his visual interpretation of the song.

He says: "We wanted to work with a director who was awesome at artistic imagery and could portray the feeling and raw emotion of this song on film." Watch the video here.

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Killswitch Engage Making Their 'Most Diverse Record Yet'

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage predict their seventh album will be their most diverse to date. They were forced to pause the recording process earlier this month as frontman Jesse Leach battled a throat infection - but they report that work on the follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent is back on track, and on course for a 2016 release.

Killswitch say: "It's been a while but have no fear, we are making some real progress on the new album. If all goes well we should have this wrapped up early winter late fall. So far every song has its own life and style - it's shaping up to be our most diverse record yet.

They thank fans for their patience and add: "We want to make sure this record is everything we know it can be. We've put blood, sweat and more blood into this one." Read more here.

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Walter Trout Streaming New Song 'Tomorrow Seems So Far Away'

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has premiered his track Tomorrow Seems So Far Away with TeamRock. It's taken from his album Battle Scars, set for release on October 23 via Provogue Records, which will be followed by a UK tour in November.

The song is inspired by Trout's battle to survive as he waited for a liver transplant. His wife Marie says: "I came up with many attempts to try to help us both endure.

"We would talk about the phone call about a new liver as coming 'tomorrow,' no matter what, to trick us into being optimistic. It didn't always work - but 'tomorrow' became a sort of message of hope between us as we waited for that call." Check out the song here.

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Downes Braide Announce New Album

(Prog) Downes Braide Association are gearing up to release their second, Suburban Ghosts. The duo of Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes and songwriter Chris Braide will launch the record on November 6 via Cherry Red Records. It's the follow-up to DBA's 2012 debut Pictures Of You.

Braide says:"Suburban Ghosts is an album about isolation and loneliness in small town suburbia. A blank town under a sky full of stars, the same blank town you left behind.

"Now everyone has long gone, you're haunted by images of those former frost covered school gates and the laughter of children in the park and of the lovers you had once loved. The alternative life you could have lived.

"You see a photograph that reminds you how fragile we are. Somebody close to you whom you should have been there for. But it's too late to go back now. It's time to let them go, those suburban ghosts." Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Release Tour Preview Video

(Classic Rock) Steve Hackett has released a video showing behind-the-scenes preparations for his upcoming UK dates. The former Genesis guitarist will perform 19 shows across the country on the Acolyte To Wolflight tour next month, playing music spanning his 40-year career, including tracks from his latest solo album Wolflight.

He says: "We'll be performing a whole bunch of songs which are old, new and some Genesis things: Can-Utility And The Coastliners, Get 'Em Out By Friday, Cinema Show, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - a whole bunch of things that really haven't been heard for a very long time.

"I think it's the most ambitious show that I'll have done to date. We're head down in rehearsals trying to remember every note but I'm really looking forward to it. The challenge is on." Read more and watch the video here.

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Foo Fighters Jam With Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Chris Chaney

(Radio.com) Covers from the Foo Fighters just keep coming this week. So far the band has performed with Yes' Jon Davison, Stevie Nicks, HAIM and Jack Black. On Tuesday night, they kept the special appearances rolling by performing Jane's Addiction songs with Perry Farrell and Chris Chaney.

It was the band's second night at Los Angeles' Forum, and they invited the Jane's Addiction frontman to join them on stage for a few tracks like "Had a Dad" and "Been Caught Stealing."

Dave Grohl gave a moving speech about Farrell's influence on Foo Fighters' music, 'I can honestly say that we would not f--ing be here right now without this person," he said. 'This person is responsible for creating a movement and putting a fire under a evolution which eventually exploded and made my band and a lot of other bands come up into the mainstream and let people know what real f--ing music is all about. Because ladies and gentlemen, if it weren't for Perry Farrell we wouldn't be here right now. How many f--ing Lollapalooza's did you go to?"

As if that wasn't enough, earlier in the show Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney appeared to play "Cold Day in the Sun." Watch the video with Farrell captured by FunFooFilms here.

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Modern Baseball Release 'Rock Bottom' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Modern Baseball have released a video for their track Rock Bottom. Last month, they took time out from touring and cancelled their appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals so vocalist and guitarist Brendan Lukens could focus on addressing his mental health issues.

He said: "I've spent most of my life struggling with anxiety and depression, and after the last few months it's evident that it's time to put everything else aside to focus on making steps towards positive mental health.

"Thank you to everyone who has been so understanding through all of this - the continuous support Modern Baseball and myself have received since 2011 is so amazing." Watch the video here.

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Royal Blood 'Figure It Out' On Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Royal Blood performed their single, "Figure It Out", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night and video of their performance has been posted online.

The track is the fourth single issued from the band's 2014 self-titled album, which debuted at No. 1 on the UK album charts upon its release on its way to becoming the fastest-selling British rock debut album in the UK in three years.

The duo of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher picked up the Best British Group Award at the BRIT Awards in London in February; the honor was presented to them by fan and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

Royal Blood recently performed at Brazil's Rock In Rio festival and will launch their latest series of US tour dates at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on September 24. Watch the TV performance here.

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John Mayer Teases Fans With Grateful Dead's 'Tennessee Jed' Clip

(Radio.com) John Mayer revealed a 15-second clip teaser of The Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed" on Wednesday. The song comes as a result of Mayer heading into the studio to rehearse for an upcoming run of shows.

The concerts are set to kick off at Times Union Center in Albany on October 29 before heading to New York City for a handful of shows around Halloween.

Performing as Dead & Company, the project features Mayer and 3/4ths of the original Dead members, Bob Weird, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Oteil Burbridge, bassist for the Allman Brothers, and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti round out the group. Check out the video here.

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