Day in Rock Report for 04/06/2016

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Angels & Airwaves Streaming New 'Chasing Shadows' EP

(Radio.com) Angels & Airwaves have released Chasing Shadows, a collection of songs coinciding with leader Tom DeLonge's latest science fiction thriller SEKRET MACHINES BOOK 1: CHASING SHADOWS.

The songs provide a soundtrack to the book which is the first in a three-volume series of fiction novels co-written by DeLonge and author A.J. Hartley.

As GQ recently pointed out in an interview with DeLonge, the end goal is simple: to tell the mind-boggling stories behind mankind's wildest encounters with unknown aerial phenomenon and what the U.S. government is doing with that knowledge.

DeLonge explained, 'The novel is the outcome of many secret meetings across the United States with government officials, and the music is a companion piece that in some ways is a throwback to the early days of Angels and Airwaves." The novels and music are available now via ToTheStars.Media. Listen to the EP here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Announces Special Concert

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will perform "Out On A Limb", a special one-off benefit concert at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York on May 2.

The event in support of Tyler's charity Janie's Fund sees the singer team with director Brett Ratner to present an evening of live music with Nashville outfit Loving Mary and stories from his legendary life and career.

"I'm digging deep and finding some real buried treasure for this one," says Tyler. "I've never performed quite like this before. I'm telling it like it is and getting to perform with some extremely talented musicians and dear friends from Nashville. For this show, we're taking it up close and personal and truly going out on a limb."

The event will also feature a silent auction with once in a lifetime experiences and memorabilia, from a five-day stay at Tyler's Hawaiian home to a limited edition, hand-shaped artist series surfboard designed by artist Tim Bessell as part of the Bessell Warhol Project, the Skittles mic stand from the set of Tyler's Super Bowl commercial, pieces from his personal wardrobe worn on American Idol, and more. Read more here.

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ZZ Top and Gregg Allman Announce American Tour

ZZ Top and Gregg Allman have announced that they will be teaming up to hit the road together for a series of tour dates across the U.S. this summer and into fall.

The tour will be kicking off on August 16th in Huber Heights, OH at the Rose Music Center and they will be concluding the trek on October 7th in Las Vegas, NV at The Pearl.

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons had the following to say, "The history with ZZ Top and Gregg Allman together goes way back to around the time the earth cooled. The double lineup makes for a killer combination so buckle up and let's have a party! Rock on!"

ZZ Top have also announced a number of shows along the trek where they will be performing on their own including stops in Indiana, Massachusetts and three shows across Southern California. See the tour dates here.

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The Rolling Stones Talks Bluesy New Album

(Radio.com) The Rolling Stones have confirmed that they are working on a new blues inspired album and Mick Jagger said, "It's sounding really good." Keith Richards told BBC 6 Music, "We're actually in the studio in the moment cutting new stuff."

Ronnie Wood added, "It was a surprise to us. We didn't intend doing it' I wish I could play them to you now. I'm so excited about them." He included that they recently "cut 11 songs in two days. Just 'bang' - like that."

The album will feature material and a series of blues covers, including songs by Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf. "They sound so authentic it's frightening," Wood said. "We didn't spend any time rehearsing them or anything. We just picked a song that suited Mick's harmonica or a guitar riff… and they worked out pretty good. It was like, 'this is what the Stones do, we play blues." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Frontman's Cancer Scared Nicko Straight

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain faced up to his alcohol problem after seeing how bandmate Bruce Dickinson dealt with cancer, he's revealed. The vocalist laid down his tracks for 16th album The Book Of Souls in 2014 before being diagnosed with the disease, and received the all-clear last year.

McBain tells Metal Hammer: "He's my hero. What happened with him was very, very frightening, but he fought it well, he studied it, he had great people working with him, and now he's back stronger than ever.

"I'm so proud of him for battling through that terrible, obnoxious disease, and coming back through that. He's my Miracle Man, he really is. When the doctors gave him the all-clear, that was the last time I took a drink.

"Having Bruce being sick, I went into a bit of a slump. After finding out he was well, I thought, 'You know what? I'm gonna have to get myself fit.'" Read more here.

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All Time Low Release 'Missing You' Video

(Radio.com) All Time Low have released a new music video for their song "Missing You." In February 2016, the band sat down to surprise video chat some of their biggest fans from all over the world. Per a press release those conversations were filmed and compiled to create the new clip.

lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Gaskarth had the following to say, "We've always felt like the videos for our songs are a chance to do something outside the box.

"This time around we took that one step further and used it as an opportunity to connect with ATL fans all over the world and find out how the band, and music in general, has played a role in their lives." Watch the video here.

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The Fall Of Troy Streaming First New Song In Six Years

(TeamRock Radio) The Fall Of Troy have released a stream of their first new music in six years. The new track "401k" is one of the songs featured on the band's upcoming album OK.

The follow-up to 2009's In The Unlikely Event is due for release on April 20. The band say: "Thanks for the incredible response, and please continue to share this with as many people as you see fit.

"We are trying to do this without a lot of the 'conventional' means of promotion, and we are nothing without you guys and your support. Keep an eye out for pre-orders for vinyl and other goodies in the coming weeks." Stream the song here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Closer To Finding New Singer

(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots are gearing up to begin in-person auditions this month for a new singer after completing their recent online submission process for the gig.

The trio of guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are looking to fill the slot vacated last fall by Chester Bennington as he struggled to juggle his work with STP alongside his Linkin Park and personal obligations.

"Hi everyone," posted the band. "We wanted to once again thank all of those who took the time to submit. Thank you kindly. Those of you that put forth your top 3 candidates and singer suggestions was a great help as well. Thank you for that.

"With MANY hours clocked in behind the computer, the 3 of us have chosen and are auditioning some very talented people. Auditions will start on April 18th.

"We are thrilled to get in a room with each of these very talented individuals," adds the group. "Let the good times roll." Read more here.

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Good Charlotte Streaming New Song '40 Oz. Dream'

(TeamRock Radio) Good Charlotte have released a lyric video for their track 40 Oz. Dream. It's the first single to be lifted from the pop punk band's upcoming album Youth Authority, due for release on July 15 via Benji and Joel Madden's own label MDDN.

Benji Madden tells Rolling Stone: "For us 40 Oz. Dream was the perfect song to kick off our new album. It's got all the sarcasm and humour we've always loved, and lots of affection for the past and present.

"As a band that formed in 1996, it's a fun moment to be welcomed back so warmly. We're very happy to have found our place in 2016." The video was directed by their brother Josh.

Good Charlotte have a number of tour dates set for 2016, including a run on the Vans Warped Tour. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Cheap Trick In The Studio For Rock Hall Induction

() Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands have released a special two-part Cheap Trick episode to celebrate the band's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show sent over the following:

Living between the music meccas of New York and LA, Cheap Trick built a dubious reputation in the late Seventies of being "the best unknown band in America". The first three albums, the self-titled debut, 1977's In Color ,and Heaven Tonight in 1978 were critically acclaimed, garnering 4 and 5 star reviews, but with little sales or radio airplay.

While taking a break from recording the band's fourth album Dream Police, Cheap Trick headed some 6,000 miles for a two week tour of Japan that, unbeknownst to them, would change their lives forever. At Budokan, a live album meant only to be sold in the Japanese market, eventually found its way by import to England, then Canada, and eventually to America where its arrival hit like a tsunami. Robin Zander puts it in perspective with InTheStudio host Redbeard.

" When "Surrender" (from Heaven Tonight) came out on the radio in the States it received fair airplay... but in Japan it was massive...You can imagine going from playing small theaters...being the most famous opening act around ... to going to Japan and having 5,000 people meet you at the airport! It was total chaos." - Robin Zander

At Budokan was the spark that lit the career fuse for Cheap Trick, who would go on to produce several hit singles including their 1988 # 1, "The Flame". Looking back, Rick Nielsen shares his thoughts on the eve of their induction into the Rock Hall.

"To this day we're all surprised at the way things have fallen into place but, at the same time, with hard work and going after it, that doesn't mean anything is going to happen. But with hard work and luck it can happen... You can't wait for a miracle to happen, but if you work at it, something can happen. It hit us and we're still dumbfounded by it."
- Rick Nielsen

Listen to part one here and part two here.

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Modern Baseball Singer Addresses Bipolar Disorder In Documentary

(TeamRock Radio) Modern Baseball frontman Brendan Lukens has discussed his bipolar disorder in new documentary. While singer and guitarist Jacob Ewald opens up about the loss of his grandfather in mini documentary Tripping In The Dark, frontman Brendan Lukens admits that nightly binge-drinking and growing apart from the rest of the band after last year's tour with Say Anything left him feeling suicidal.

He says: "I love my privacy and I always have, but I unknowingly trained myself to only get to the dark, lowest points when I'm by myself. After that I was just concealing my illness from everyone. I didn't want others to know.

"After the Say Anything tour we split ways like we always do, but for whatever reason I thought they abandoned me. That kind of pushed me back into my manic bipolar state.

"It wasn't uncommon for a very simple thing to be a trigger for me. Just us parting ways was enough for me to drink a bottle of whisky the following night.

"You do that 10 days in a row, then you don't have to think about going on the roof - it just sort of happens."

In the film Lukens tells how he confided in friends and family, sought treatment and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He adds: "They saved my life. It's not a joke to play around with depression or mental health. it's not wrong to seek or receive help. The last few months have meant a lot and it's changed the way I look after myself and write.

"We feel now with Holy Ghost that we've written the most open and honest songs to date. We're hoping that with opening our personal lives up to so many people, that our fans can open up to everyone in their lives." Watch the documentary here.

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Behemoth Release 'Ben Sahar' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Behemoth have released a video for their track Ben Sahar. The track song is lifted from the band's 2014 album The Satanist. Behemoth describe the video as "a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design."

Behemoth expect the follow-up to The Satanist to be released in 2017 and frontman Adam 'Nergal' Darski previously said he had been inspired by the "avant-garde" while writing the new material.

The band have a number of tour dates lined up for 2016, on which they will play The Satanist in full. Check out the tour dates and watch the new music video here.

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Metallica Release Kill 'Em All Boxset Unboxing Video

(Classic Rock) Metallica have issued an unboxing video for their upcoming Kill 'Em All deluxe box set. The package includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a book including rare photos, and a patch and frontman James Hetfield can be seen looking through the package in the video below.

The 1983 record and its follow-up, Ride The Lighting, are to be launched in limited-edition multi-disc box sets on April 15, to tie in with Record Store Day. They'll also issue benefit album Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica! which was recorded at the Paris Bataclan in 2003. Proceeds will be donated to the victims of the terrorist attacks at the venue in November, in which 89 people died.

Meanwhile drummer Lars Ulrich - a lifelong fan of Deep Purple - has lauded the band as they enter into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 8 (Friday).

He tells Radio.com: "Deep Purple have probably been the primary musical backbone in my body ever since I first heard them when I was nine years old. They were an incredible live force that was just unparalleled at the time.

"Ritchie Blackmore, the lead guitar player - the legendary impulsive, unpredictable character - would always take the band in different directions. There was a lot of interesting push and pull between the players.

"I do believe that most people have heard me say that, 'It's long overdue for them to join the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame', but now they're here: Hallelujah." Watch the video here.

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Beartooth Part Ways With Brandon Mullins

(TeamRock Radio) Beartooth have split with their drummer Brandon Mullins. The sticksman parted ways with the band after they finished recording the follow-up to 2014's Disgusting last month.

Beartooth say: "We have recently parted ways with our friend, and drummer Brandon Mullins. There's no bad blood between any of us, he's still our brother and one of our best friends and we wish him well in whatever opportunities he chooses to move forward with in the future.

"This will not have any effect on our upcoming tours and everything will move forward as planned." The band are set to play at a string of European festivals, including this year's Download. Their upcoming album is due for release via Red Bull Records later this year. See the band's full message here.

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Slayer Frontman Misses Headbanging

(Classic Rock) Slayer frontman Tom Araya has admitted that he misses the physical connection he had with the band's songs while he was still able to headbang during concerts.

He underwent back surgery in 2010 to address fused vertebrae, meaning that he's no longer able to perform with the dramatic motions he used to display. Araya tells Loudwire: "There's things that have gone on in my life that's made me change how I play. I had surgery - I can't headbang any more.

"That was a big part of what I enjoyed. I liked knowing I was one badass headbanger. Now I'm grooving with the music and the feel of the songs, which is cool. The physical connection was a big part for me." Read more here.

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Kataklysm Win Heavy Metal Album Of The Year Juno

(TeamRock Radio) Kataklysm won the Heavy Metal Album Of The Year category at this year's Juno Awards. The band's 2015 release Of Ghosts And Gods picked up the gong at the Canadian music event. They beat Cancer Bats, Diemonds, F*** The Facts and Ken Mode to the prize.

The band say: "What a crazy ride it's been. We started over 20 years ago in high school playing a form of music that was totally not accepted by the masses and we didn't care. We were rebels with a passion and we were determined to spread that through our music.

"Fast forward to today and that hasn't changed a bit. That same passion and determination is still very present and stronger then ever. What has changed is the view and acceptance of this form of music.

"We thank the Juno's for thinking forward and giving metal a voice to the masses. We are honoured to have been recognized with our latest album Of Ghosts And Gods, which we are very proud of." Read more here.

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John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Live In 1967 Volume Two Coming

(The Blues) The short-lived Bluesbreakers lineup that includes future Fleetwood Mac men Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are the subject of a second live album to be launched in May.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Live In 1967 Volume Two follows the acclaimed first title that arrived last year. Mayall says: "I am so happy that the remaining usable tracks from these London club dates will be released.

"Peter Green, as before, is on fire throughout, and this set includes a great instrumental based on his composition Greeny. There are a couple of Otis Rush tracks that were included on the first volume, but they're totally different.

"There's another version of T-Bone Walker's Stormy Monday, sung by American serviceman Ronnie Jones, who would frequently sit in at our gigs. John McVie gets in a great bass solo on Chicago Line and Mick Fleetwood drives the whole set with his unique and powerful drumming." Check out the track details here.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre Streaming New Song 'Fingertips'

(Classic Rock) The Brian Jonestown Massacre have made their new single Fingertips available to stream and announced a UK & Ireland tour. Fingertips will be released via A Recordings label on June 10.

The song was recorded at Newcombe's studio in Berlin with guest vocals from Tess Parks, with whom he released the album I Declare Nothing last June.

Anton Newcombe and co start their runs of shows at the Glasgow Barrowlands on June 9 and wrap up in Brighton on June 23. Fingertips can be streamed here.

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Anneke van Giersbergen Announces Solo Acoustic Tour

(Prog) Anneke van Giersbergen has revealed the full list of dates on her solo acoustic tour of Europe, which starts later this month. The road trip comes before she takes a break from performing, so she can focus on her next solo album in 2017.

She recently said: "I have a plan and I think it will knock you off your feet - but I really need to take my time and make this new album the best it can possibly be. I feel like I'm on the verge of something wonderful. Expect something heavy and progressive, folks!"

Van Giersbergen will appear at her first-ever fan weekend in Amsterdam in December, with tickets on sale now. She's planning to announce more live dates to take place before the event. See the dates here.

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Rolling Stones Launch Exhibitionism

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones were on hand Tuesday to open "Exhibitionism", their first ever major exhibition at London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery, and video from the launch has been posted online.

The event sees the band display items from their 50-year career and features more than 500 important and unseen artefacts from the group's personal archives, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, rare sound archives, and the musical heritage that took them from a hard working London blues band in the early 1960s to iconic worldwide status.

"My life flashed before my eyes in seconds," Mick Jagger tells RT UK. "This is like your life flashing before your eyes in well, half an hour, you could do it if you walked quickly. It looks really good and I'm very pleased with it. I think people will enjoy it."

"Exhibitionism" presents an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones' history, including original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips, personal diaries and correspondence, original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.

Collaborations and work by a vast array of artists, designers, musicians and writers will be included in the exhibition - from Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen and Ossie Clark, to Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese. Watch the video here.

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John 5 Releases 'Now Fear This' Video

(TeamRock Radio) John 5 has released a video for his single Now Fear This. The standalone single is available now via digital retailers and the video was directed by Matt Zane who also worked on John 5 And The Creatures' Making Monsters promo.

The video is the latest in a series which will see the Rob Zombie guitarist issue a new clip on the first day of every month this year. John 5 had the following to say:

"All my life I've really enjoyed music - making music, playing it, and recording it. It's such a relief and a joy to do what I do for a living. I know it sounds corny, but I think the meaning of life is to do what you love and be happy." Watch the video here.

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Frost* Release Heartstrings and Black Light Machine Live Videos

(Prog) Frost* have released live videos for their tracks Heartstrings and Black Light Machine. The videos are taken from the band's The Rockfield Files DVD, released in 2013 via Cube Records.

The Heartstrings clip features an early version of the track which appears on upcoming album Falling Satellites, due on May 27. Mainman Jem Godfrey says:

"It's a very early version of the song that we were trying out to see if it would work live. It's interesting to see how much it's evolved since this version." Watch the videos here.

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Joanne Shaw Taylor Announces New Album And Tour

(The Blues) Joanne Shaw Taylor has confirmed the launch of her fifth studio album, Wild, on September 30. She'll support the release with a UK tour during October and November, following on from her support slots with Wilko Johnson this month.

Wild, produced by Joe Bonamassa collaborator Kevin Shirley, was recorded in Nashville, and it'll be available in standard CD, deluxe CD, standard vinyl and deluxe double vinyl editions.

Shaw Taylor says: "This headline tour will be taking me to venues I've not been to before, in some beautiful towns, where I hope my fans will enjoy a fantastic atmosphere."

She'll be supported on her headline dates by rising star Aaron Keylock. Check out the dates here.

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Tiles Streaming New Song 'Weightless'

(Prog) Tiles have released a lyric video for their track Weightless. The song is taken from the band's upcoming sixth album Pretending 2 Run, which will be released on April 15.

The double concept album is the Detroit band's first release in eight years, and will feature guest artists such as Mike Portnoy and Ian Anderson.

Keyboardist Adam Holzman from the Steven Wilson Band, Miles Davis' jazz guitarist Mike Stern and Max Webster's lead vocalist Kim Mitchell will also appear on the album.

Guitarist Chris Herin previously said: "We knew this album was ambitious, lyrically and musically, but we didn't plan on it ballooning into a double album. The songs kept coming and the storylines demanded more trips into the central character's state of mind." Watch the video here.

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From Sorrow To Serenity Release Illusive Video

(TeamRock Radio) From Sorrow To Serenity are premiering their new video for Illusive exclusively with Metal Hammer. Illusive is taken from their upcoming album Remnant Of Humanity, out April 22.

''Our message with Illusive is simple," says vocalist Fraser Smith, "for as long as you and I, the average Joe's, the 99%, the people, sit back and do nothing in a system we know to be broken, those in control will continue to abuse their power, waging wars and murdering thousands of innocents; thriving in our apathy.

"The blood is not only on the hands of those in control - but on the hands of all who have allowed that control to slip away. Will you continue this way? Or will you wake up and accept the painful truth - the blood is on your hands.'' Watch the video here.

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John Carpenter Releases 'Distant Dream' Video

(Prog) John Carpenter has released a live video for his track Distant Dream. The song is the first single to be taken from Carpenter's upcoming album Lost Themes II which is released on April 15 via Sacred Bones.

The clip was recorded live at The Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles, with Carpenter accompanied by his son Cody on synthesizer and his godson Daniel Davies on guitar, with John Spiker on bass, John Konesky on guitar and Scott Seiver on drums.

He previously made Distant Dream available to stream, along with Angel's Asylum. Carpenter has also added a handful of dates to his previously announced 2016 tour. See the dates and watch the video here.

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