Day in Rock Report for 09/30/2015

Original Guns N' Roses Reunion Faces Big Hurdle

The original members of Guns N' Roses have been dogged by fans desire for a reunion and there was excitement recently when Slash revealed that he and Axl Rose has reconciled, but it appears that there are personal differences between other members that may be an obstacle to a reunion of the "Appetite for Destruction" lineup of the group.

Drummer Steven Adler, who was fired from the group in 1990 over his drug issues, has long been the only member that expressed a strong desire to see the original lineup play together again.

He once again discussed the possibility in a new SiriusXM interview on Monday night and said that believes that Duff McKagan and Slash have problems with him and doubt that he has cleaned up his act.

He said in the interview (via Blabbermouth), "I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn't think I'm cool. He doesn't think I'm a cool guy. This is what people tell me. And he doesn't think I'm cool and that I'm not that great of a drummer. And Slash, he doesn't believe that I have 21 months and 21 days sober. He doesn't believe it.

"I don't know why, but they forget that at one time in their life, they were doing drugs and drinking and they were f***ing up. They forget that they were like that too. Duff has got 20 years sober or more, Slash has got, like, 11 or 12 years sober, and I've got a year, nine months and 21 days. So everybody gets it at a different time. I'm just thankful I got it."

He continued, "They don't think I'm cool and they don't think I can play drums that great and they don't think I'm sober. Duff, he has a right, in a way, but, like I said, he forgets where he came from too. But we did do some shows [together] in Japan [in 2013], and Duff invited [Steven's current band] ADLER to come down, and I was still drinking then. And the second I got to the airport, I made a beeline for the bar, and I just started doing shots of Jäger. And the whole trip I was sick and I was just a mess. And, you know, Duff's sober and he's very judgmental and forgetful of where he came from. And he was just so bummed and pissed at me.

"I mean, the playing part, the shows when we actually were performing, that went all right, but everything else… So I kind of ruined it and gave him the excuse to be able to say, 'Well, he's not cool and he's not that good.' But I stopped doing that. They stopped doing that. Just because they stopped doing it before I did doesn't make them any better. We're all people who have addiction problems. I was just able to get a grip on it later on in life than they did." Read more from the interview here.

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Black Sabbath Add Festival Date To Farewell Tour

Black Sabbath has added a new stop to their farewell tour next year. The legendary band has been named as a headliner for the 2016 Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.

This festival appearance is the first farewell tour stop that the band has announced in Europe. They have previously revealed dates in North America and Australia.

Graspop is an annual music festival that features a wide cross-section of band representing various genres within hard rock and metal. The 2016 festival will be place on June 17th-19th.

Organizers had the following to say the festival "Every year, thousands of metalheads from across Europe and beyond flock to festival park De Stenehei in Dessel, Belgium, for three days of virtuoso shredding, wrist-fracturing drumbeats and epic anthems.

"Last year's 20th anniversary edition hosted a record 150,000 metal fans. With the Metal Town camping facility filled to capacity and a sold-out Saturday, GMM2015 was the most successful edition yet."

Watch the announcement video here.

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The Who Announce Rescheduled North American Tour Dates

The Who has announced the new rescheduled dates for their recently postponed The Who Hits 50! North American tour, which will now be taking place next year.

The band was originally scheduled to launch the tour this fall but they were forced to postpone the trek after frontman Roger Daltrey was diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The rescheduled tour is set to kick off on February 27 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and will conclude on May 29th in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace

"I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better," Daltrey said in a statement. Guitarist Pete Townshend had the following to add, "We will be starting our rescheduled shows in March and will be coming back stronger than ever!" See the new dates here.

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Ghost Seeking 'Nuns' To Be Part Of World Tour

(Classic Rock) Ghost are looking for fans to dress up as nuns on their upcoming tour. The occult rockers kick off the world tour on September 29 in Philadelphia, PA, and they hope to have a small army of nuns on hand to serve drinks.

In a Facebook post, Ghost say: "Ladies of the World. We are looking for females to serve as nuns at every gig, since we usually rely on local talent everywhere we go.

"So, if this is something for you, send your name, picture and dat of birth to [email protected]" Interested applicants have to be at least 21 years old, and should include their chosen show location in the subject field. See the upcoming tour dates here.

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Megadeth Expand Preview Of New Music

(hennemusic) Megadeth continue to tease their new music. They have now expanded the online preview of the first new music from their forthcoming 15th studio album.

After launching an online countdown on their official website counting down to Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST, the band offered up an audio snippet of an unidentified track from the project featuring the rhythm section of bassist David Ellefson and drummer Chris Adler.

Megadeth have expanded the preview with the addition of rhythm guitar in the mix. The band posted on social media: "System 3, Rhythm Guitar Booted: Listen here: system.megadeth.com… #megadeth15"

When fans visit the website and wait :10, they'll now hear the same audio - with guitar added - playing on a loop. Read more here.

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Frankie Ford Dead At 76

(The Blues Early rock'n'roll crossover singer Frankie Ford has died at the age of 76. Ford, real name Vincent Francis Guzzo, had been ill since a car accident several years ago, which left him unable to walk.

He started out as a blues performer then found fame in 1959 at the age of 19, when his version of Huey 'Piano' Smith's Sea Cruise became a hit single around the world, selling more than a million copies.

Although the vocalist and pianist never repeated the commercial success, he'd continued performing. Mike Shepherd, boss of the Louisiana Hall Of Fame - which inducted Ford in 2010 - tells the LA Times: "Frankie had the best voice in rock'n'roll." Check out "Sea Cruise" here.

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Panic! at the Disco Streaming New Song 'Victorious'

Panic! at the Disco have released an online stream for their new single "Victorious," which is the latest track the band has released from their forthcoming album.

Frontman Brendon Urie had the following to say about the track in a post on the band's official site, "I was never really great at sports Never picked first for the team.

"Never had any game saving plays or tricks I could use to my advantage to then be hoisted upon my team mates' shoulders in praise of my winning awesomeness. But what I missed in that regard, I made up for in passion and intensity. The guy who was known for turning up the crazy...that's truly victorious."

The band is set to perform "Victorious" live for the first time at their upcoming concert at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO's on October 10th. Stream the new song here.

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Steve Hunter Wins Aerosmith And Alice Cooper Royalty Fight

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Steve Hunter, who played memorable solos on classic Aerosmith and Alice Cooper songs, is finally to be paid radio royalties for his work. Hunter recorded parts for Aerosmith's Train Kept A Rollin from 1974 album Get Your Wings - as well as six tracks on Cooper's 1973 effort Billion Dollar Babies, including the title track, Hello Hooray, Raped And Freezin, Unfinished Sweet, Generation Landslide and Sick Things.

With the help of Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and his wife Karen, Hunter will be paid royalties for the works, backdated up to 10 years in some cases.

The PPL gathered enough evidence for his name to be officially connected with the seven tracks that he did not get credit for when the albums were released.

Hunter says: "Karen and I will not be retiring to Maui - these royalties are for radio airplay only and will go back no further than 10 years. It's a little piece and will add up." Read more here.

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Graham Bonnet Releasing New Album Early Next Year

(Classic Rock) Graham Bonnet has confirmed he's working on an album of original tracks with his latest band. They're to be accompanied by a second disc featuring new recordings of some of the Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG vocalist's classic songs.

The follow-up to 1999's The Day I Went Mad is set to be released early next year via Frontiers Music, after he signed a deal with the label. The lineup features guitarist Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and drummer Mark Zonder.

Bonnet previously discussed plans to record with them, saying: "It's been a while since I last released a full-length album - but this band is the perfect group of musicians to do just that." Read more here.

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Touchstone Reveal Final Show Details

(Prog) Touchstone have revealed stage timings for their final show with Kim Seviour, which features special guests Magenta and John Mitchell's solo project Lonely Robot.

It takes place at the Assembly, Leamington Spa, on November 21 - but the band have warned that doors open at the early time of 4.30pm to allow each act to put on their best performance.

Touchstone announced the split in March, when frontwoman Seviour revealed her fight with ME made it impossible for her to "commit in the way it truly deserves."

The band's Adam Hodgson says: "It's an early start due to the length of sets, and to allow for filming changeovers. And it allows you to get some grub after Magenta have played.

"After-show event tickets will be on sale this week. It's a very limited-numbers affair in the Leamington green room - there will be a bar and music, and time to meet the bands and get stuff signed." See the times and read more here.

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David Bowie 1969-1973 Rockumentary Goes Online

(ITS) Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Albums have released a special two part rockumentary special that takes a look at the significant era in David Bowie's career between 1969 and 1973. The show sent over these details:

When Rolling Stone writers ranked Bowie's 1972 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.... in the # 35 spot on their Top 500 Albums of All Time, "They didn't do so because of David Bowie's hairstyle," writes New York Times contributor and InTheStudio alum Joe Rhodes. For over 45 years we have witnessed the artistic genius of David Bowie, never more dramatically than in those beginning five years.

David Bowie had already shown his chameleon ways from his Mod beginnings to his pseudo-psychedelic folk rock Space Oddity , and later with his Dylan-channeling Hunky Dory. But it would be the invention of the cosmic character Ziggy Stardust that would give Bowie mesmerizing influence over an otherwise conventional musical landscape.

Bowie shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard which of his early albums was the critical lynchpin to develop the singular character that would become Ziggy Stardust.

Bowie says, "The one thing maybe I learned from doing Hunky Dory was how oriented I was to doing narrative... There were no real characters on Hunky Dory, but the idea of developing little story songs as opposed to just mood pieces, it obviously was quite strong in me and I think it gave me the motivation to propel myself towards something more cohesive as an album."

Check out part one of the special here and part two here.

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Toto Bringing Back Previous Member For 2016 Tours

Toto has announced that Leland Sklar will be returning to the band next year when they launch tours in Europe and Japan in support of their first new album in a decade Toto XIV.

The European tour is scheduled to kick off in Brussels, Belgium on January 16th at the Forest National and they will visit cities in France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden before concluding on February 21st in Helsinki.

The band will then head east to launch their Japanese tour on March 3rd in Sundai at the Sundai Sun Plaza. That trek will be wrapping up on March 15th at the Nagoya Shi Kokaido.

Sklar will be reuniting with the band, taking the place of founding bassist David Hungate, who had the following to say about his reasons for stepping away from the group, "There's no place like home, particularly after 4 months on the road. The past two years reunion with Toto has been one of the sweetest experiences, and greatest honors of my life.

"All good things must come to an end however. I no longer have the stamina and resilience required for extended touring, and I do need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

"Much gratitude to the fans and friends who have supported the band over the years, and to my brothers in Toto... I can never thank you adequately for the music, the laughs and the friendship going back 40 years. Love and happy trails to you all."

The band had this to say about his departure, "We would like to express HUGE love and gratitude to or brother David Hungate for his gifted playing, his amazing professionalism and good humor. It was awesome having you back these last two years and we will cherish the memories. You have not seen the last of us. Stay well brother."
See the tour dates here.

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Korn Making Progress On 'Newer Metal' Album

(TeamRock Radio) Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer has confirmed the band are progressing well with their 12th album - and he's described it as "newer metal" music.

A producer is already on board for the follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift, and is to be identified in the coming weeks. Munky tells Billboard: "I'd say we're about a third of the way done.

"We wrote about 20 songs, and about 10 of those we've kept and made better. We're going to write another batch of songs, then fine-tune those into four or five really great songs." Read more here.

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Letlive Reveal New Album Release Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Letlive have confirmed they'll release their fourth album next year. They've been working on the follow-up to 2013 The Blackest Beautiful - but it'll take until 2016 for the record to be released.

The band tweeted: "We recorded a new record this year - it will come out next year. Thank you for being a part of this with us. Now go tell someone about it."

Letlive frontman Jason Aalon Butler made a guest appearance on The Wonder Years' track No Closer To Heaven earlier this month. See the band's upcoming tour dates here.

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All Time Low Share Trailer To Fangirl Movie

(TeamRock Radio) A trailer for a film starring All Time Low has been released. The band tweeted the trailer for the film, entitled Fan Girl, saying it will premiere in the US on October 3 via ABC.

Fan Girl also stars Meg Ryan, Kiernan Shipka and Kara Hayward. The teen comedy's plot centers on a 15-year-old girl who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band.

She is given only a few days to complete a final film project and comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together. Check out the band's tweet and the trailer here.

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Former Gorgoroth Vocalist Gaahl Announces New Band

(TeamRock Radio) Having played his last shows as God Seed last September, former Gorgoroth vocalist and all-round cult figure Gaahl is to announce his new band, Gaahls Wyrd, and their debut show at November's Blekkmetal festival that takes place at the USF Verftet venue in Bergen, Norway on November 13-15.

A one-off, non-profit festival that's both a tribute to True Norwegian Black Metal and a tattoo convention featuring 19 world-class and metal-steeped inkers, Blekkmetal is the brainchild of one of the most respected artists in the extreme metal world, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, whose work has graced Burzum's best known album sleeves, Satyricon's first album and created the logos for both Immortal and Enslaved.

Although the band's lineup is being kept under wraps for now, Gaahls Wyrd joins a bill that already includes Enslaved, Taake, Aeternus, Helheim, Kampfar, Hades Almighty and Gehenna. Although the band are working on new tracks, their debut show will be in keeping with the theme of the festival. Read more here.

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Alvin Bishop and John Mayall Both Win 2 Blues Blast Awards

(The Blues Elvin Bishop and John Mayall both won two Blues Blast Awards at the event at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois this past weekend, while Mississippi Heat were named band of the year.

Bishop's Can't Even Do Wrong Right took the Contemporary Blues Album gong while he also won the Male Blues Artist Category. Mayall's Live In 1967 record was given the Live Blues Album and Historical/Vintage Album awards.

Marcia Ball was named Female Blues Artist and Selwyn Birchwood got the Rising Star title. Other winners include Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson, Steve Earle, Tinsley Ellis, Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls, and Magnus Berg.

Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater was given a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony. See the full list of winners here.

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Valient Thorr Releasing Seventh Studio Album Via Napalm Records

Valient Thorr have announced that they have signed a new record deal with Napalm Records for the release of their seventh studio album, which they expect to release next spring.

The group plan to hit the studio in November to begin recording the new effort following their Intergalactic Roadwarriors Tour of Europe that will include Black Bone and Child

Frontman Valient Himself had this to say, "After wandering around space last year contemplating all the wild things that are going on in the universe... we are proud and super excited to announce that we have signed a new deal with Napalm Records. So get ready for a new album (our seventh) in TWO THORRSAND SIXTEEN" See the tour dates.

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Holy Grail Announce Winter Tour

Holy Grail announced that they will be hitting the road this winter for a series of U.S. headline tour dates that that will feature direct support from Night Demon.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on November 25th in San Diego, Ca at Brick by Brick and will conclude on December 13th in Las Vegas at the Dive Bar.

Holy Grail will also be playing two Christmas shows with Death Angel and Flotsam & Jetsam; December 16th in Hollywood, Ca at The Roxy and December 18th at Slims in San Francisco.

The band had the following to say about the trek, "One does not simply play Christmas shows with Death Angel and Flotsam and Jetsam without at least a five-show running start. Yule regret missing these winter shows with Night Demon." See all of the dates here.

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Rings Of Saturn Announce Tour With The Faceless, After The Burial

Rings Of Saturn have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall as part of a North American tour headlined by The Faceless that also will feature After The Burial and Toothgrinder.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on November 5th at Soma in San Diego, CA and will run for five weeks across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on December 11th at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA.

Prior to The Faceless tour, Rings Of Saturn will also be playing a show in Salinas, CA at La Movida on October 22nd and they will be performing a private show for campers and VIP ticket holders at this year's Knotfest on October 23rd in San Bernardino, Ca.

Rings Of Saturn will be hitting the road in support of their Lugal Ki En LP and they expect to play a good portion of the effort on the upcoming tour. See the tour dates here.

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Caligula's Horse Streaming New Song 'Marigold'

Caligula's Horse have released an online stream of their new song "Marigold". The track comes from the alt-prog group's forthcoming studio album "Bloom".

The album is set to be released in North America on October 30th and the title will hit stores in Europe a couple weeks earlier, October 16th. "Bloom" will be offered in various formats including a limited edition digipak CD, and a vinyl LP.

Frontman Jim Grey had this to say about the new song, "'Marigold' captures the essence of 'Bloom' to me. The pure energy and vibrant color, and the powerful, uplifting message that a person can not be judged by what they earn, or what they own, but by those they love, and those that love them. In that respect, I am a wealthy, wealthy man. This song is very important to me on a personal level."

Grey also had these comments about the new album, "'Bloom' is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow. It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own." Stream the new song here.

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Carcass Expand 'Surgical Steel' Album For Reissue

Carcass will be reissuing their latest studio album "Surgical Steel" as special deluxe "Complete Edition" that will include the album as well as the "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP.

The 'Complete Edition' is set to be released by Nuclear Blast on CD and digitally on October 30th. A vinyl version will follow, which is set to be released on November 20th.

The band is also set to headline the Deathcrusher Tour of the UK next month which will also feature Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod and Herod. The trek kicks off in Wolverhampton on October 23rd and concludes in Manchester on October 30th.

Frontman Jeff Walker had this to say: "Off the back of touring the U.S. with Obituary and Australia and New Zealand with Napalm Death we thought it would be cool to combine both tours into something special… and given that Napalm Death had just toured the US with Voivod why not invite them also along for the ride?

"Carcass has wanted to do a Euro Tour for a while now, we've been looking for the perfect opportunity and this is IT! Save your pennies for the heaviest tour of the fall and see it LIVE before it gets uploaded to YouTube on low quality camera phones!!!!!!" See the tour dates and the track details for the new special edition here.

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Metallica Release 'All Nightmare Long' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing footage of a performance of "All Nightmare Long" from a September 14 show in Quebec City. The tune was the fifth single issued from 2008's "Death Magnetic", their first album with producer Rick Rubin. The song was used as the theme for the WWE's 2008 pay-per view event No Mercy.

Metallica's video highlight package also includes drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet as well as the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The group are also sharing audio of "Sad But True" from the concert. The band's performance was the final event at Colisee Pepsi, a hockey arena first opened in 1949. Metallica have played seven shows in the arena, including two that were filmed for 2012's "Quebec Magnetic" DVD release.

Two days later, the group played the first event at the brand new Centre Vidéotron. "Always one of our favorite places to visit, Quebec City also has a long history of being the home to some of the most rabid 'Tallica fans anywhere," said the band. "It only seems fitting that we share this special passing of the torch with you!" Check out the video and the song stream here.

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Aerosmith Classic Used In New 'Uncharted' PS4 Game Commercial

(hennemusic) The 1975 Aerosmith classic "Sweet Emotion" provides the soundtrack to a new commercial for the forthcoming PS4 game Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

Due October 9, the remastered collection presents the single-player games Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

The package will include a voucher for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's multiplayer beta, currently in development by Bluepoint Games. The fourth game in the popular series will be issued as a standalone game on October 9, as well as part of a PlayStation 4 bundle.

The series follows treasure hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake, senior treasure hunter and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan, journalist Elena Fisher, and numerous secondary companions whom they will come to meet and recruit as they travel around the world to uncover various historical mysteries. Check out the commercial here.

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