Day in Rock Report for 04/08/2016

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David Bowie Bandmate Dennis Davis Dies

(Classic Rock) David Bowie's longtime drummer Dennis Davis has died after a battle with cancer. His passing was confirmed by Bowie producer Tony Visconti in a Facebook post in which he describes the sticksman as "a magical man."

Visconti adds: "He was one of the most creative drummers I have ever worked with. He came into David Bowie's life when we recorded some extra tracks for Young Americans and stayed with us through Scary Monsters and beyond.

"He was a disciplined jazz drummer who tore into rock with a jazz sensibility. Listen to the drum breaks on Black Out from the Heroes album. He had a conga drum as part of his set up and he made it sound like two musicians were playing drums and congas. By Scary Monsters he was playing parts that were unthinkable but they fit in so perfectly." Read more here.

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Tool Making Progress On New Album

(Prog) Tool webmaster Blair McKenzie Blake says in a new update that the band have nearly completed work on the instrumental parts of their long-awaited sixth album.

Fans have been living in anticipation for a almost exactly a decade since the release of 10,000 Days in May 2006. Last year guitarist Adam Jones said that the end of a drawn-out legal battle would speed up work on the record. But in March frontman Maynard James Keenan reported: "We just can't seem to move forward."

Blake writes in a Tool website bulletin: "I believe there are only a couple of 'shorter' songs left to complete, along with a segue or two or three." He adds: "Of course, we need to keep in mind any changes that might be needed to accommodate the vocals, etc, once the arrangements are finished." Read more here.

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Santana Streaming Full Reunion Album Online

(hennemusic) Santana are streaming their reunion album, "Santana IV", in full via NPR ahead of its release on April 15. The project reunites Carlos Santana with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve on record for the first time in 45 years.

Schon and Rolie were members of Santana before leaving in 1972 to form Journey alongside former Santana manager Herbie Herbert. Next week, Santana and Journey will team up to launch the album with three shows in the Northeastern US.

The two bands will play New York's Madison Square Garden on April 13, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on April 15 and the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on April 16. Check out the album here.

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Clutch, Black Sabbath Supergroup Dunsmuir Stream New Songs

(Classic Rock) Dunsmuir, the supergroup featuring Clutch frontman Neil Fallon and former Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, have released their first two-track single.

Our Only Master and The Bats (Are Hungry Tonight) also includes guitarist Dave Bone of The Company Band and bassist Brad Davis of Fu Manchu, and they've been working on the project for at least three years.

Davis recently described the outfit's sound as "an old-school metal kind of thing." The single is available via iTunes, and as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl disc via the Dunsmuir Facebook page. Stream both tracks here.

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Tarja Turunen Releasing Surprise Album In June

(Prog) Tarja Turunen has revealed details of a prequel album to be launched ahead of her solo title The Shadow Self. It's due on August 5 - but The Brightest Void, a nine-track work, will arrive on June 3, complete with guest appearances from singer Michael Monroe, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and a new mix of Paradise (What About Us), her Within Temptation collaboration from 2013.

Tarja says: "Surprise, surprise! During the process of recording The Shadow Self, I realized that there were so many tracks, too many too dear to me, for just one album. So I decided to keep nothing for myself and to share all my favorite new songs with you.

"The Brightest Void gives more than a first taste of The Shadow Self. I hope the release of the prequel sweetens the wait until August and that you will like the songs as much as I do." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Jim Root Previews The Sound And The Story DVD

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot guitarist Jim Root offers fans a track-by-track insight into latest album .5: The Gray Chapter in a DVD to be released this week. Jim Root: The Sound And The Story - .5: The Gray Chapter is released on April 8 and it's available for pre-order on DVD and as a download.

It's the latest installment of Fret12's The Sound And The Story series, which features Root breaking down his playing, while also taking viewers behind the scenes in the studio and on tour.

In the trailer, he recalls how he tried to channel late bassist Paul Gray as he worked on the album, saying: "If it weren't for the memory of Paul and Paul's mentality, I wouldn't have been able to write the way I wrote." Watch the video here.

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Simo Frontman JD Simo Suffers Onstage Injury

(The Blues) Simo frontman JD Simo has been performing on the band's European tour dates from a stool after injuring his knee. Simo dislocated his knee onstage in Paris at the weekend during the band's set in support of Monster Truck.

But he plans to perform at all of the band's upcoming shows in support of latest album Let Love Show The Way, which was released earlier this year via Mascot Label Group.

Simo says: "I dislocated my knee. Worst pain I've ever felt. It was unbearable. I didn't want to cancel the tour so I'll just have to sit. Happened right in the middle of a sold out show in Paris. I twisted a weird angle and my knee cap dislodged and was on the side of my leg. It's a rare type of dislocation." Read more here.

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Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland Selling Personal Memorabilia Online

(TeamRock Radio) The Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has announced that he is auctioning his personal memorabilia and donating some of the money to a cat rescue organization.

Borland is selling old guitars, sales plaques for albums such as Significant Other, Take A Look Around, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water and $3 Bill Ya'll$ from the US, Austria, South America, Canada, Brazil and more.

He says: "Limp Bizkit isn't over - nor does me selling a bunch of stuff that's taking up space have anything to do with my feelings about the band. I don't like gold records. I think they look tacky and I don't need them to remind me of what I've done.

"I don't need a bunch of old guitars either that don't get played. This is the equivalent of selling bad haircuts that you had when you were in high school.

"It's f***ing awesome to give people that want this stuff the chance to have it instead of it going into the Hard Rock in Warsaw or wherever." Read more here.

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Linkin Park Taking Different Approach On New Album

(Classic Rock) Linkin Park say they are taking a new approach to writing their upcoming seventh album. They entered the studio towards the end of last year to begin work on the follow-up to 2014's The Hunting Party, and this time they say they have written lyrics before music for the first time.

It was an idea their long-time producer Rick Rubin urged them to investigate, and so far it's paying off. Singer Mike Shinoda tells Billboard: "The thing that's notable to me is that we're approaching the process backwards, for us.

"Usually the music comes first and the words come second, even if it's 30 minutes apart that's usually what happens - the music inspires the words. And in this case it's mostly the words and melodies first, no track." Read more here.

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Tame Impala's Kevin Parker Working On New Music

(Prog) Tame Impala's Kevin Parker confirms he is currently working on new music. The singer/songwriter is writing new material less than a year after the Australian outfit released their album Currents.

Parker tells Australian Associated Press (via Yahoo): "I think after a long tour and after an album, your brain feels like it wants to relax but at the same time making music for me is something that comes kind of naturally. Just like a brain process.

"I'm trying not to work on stuff but there are always things to do. I always manage to keep myself busy." But the singer admits he is never sure whether the material he's written will be for Tame Impala or another artist until it's done. Read more here.

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Volbeat Streaming New Song 'The Devil's Bleeding Crown'

(Classic Rock) Volbeat have released a lyric video for The Devil's Bleeding Crown, the first track to appear from sixth album Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie. The follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies will be released on June 3.

Frontman Michael Poulsen says: "After months writing and recording, we're thrilled to finally be able to unleash Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie into the world. Play it loud!"

The band will be accompanied during live shows by temporary bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen, following the departure of Anders Kjolholm last year. They launch a US tour on April 13 with later shows booked across Europe. Check out the new song here.

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Bernie Marsden Crowdfunding His Autobiography

(Classic Rock) Bernie Marsden has announced that he has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his autobiography Where's My Guitar? - and it's already secured nearly half of the required amount.

The ex-Whitesnake guitarist will discuss his four-decade career in the title. He explains: "My book will take you from growing up in a small country town, seeing The Beatles on TV and deciding that was for me.

"Then came the hard bit, and what a journey it all has been. I've written tales of my first guitar, the groups I found myself in, touring straight from school gate at age 16."

He'll reveal details of his work with Wild Turkey, Cozy Powell, Gary Moore, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton Lord and Whitesnake and more, accompanied by rare and previously-unseen photographs of his life and times. Read more here.

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Between The Buried And Me Release Live 'The Ectopic Stroll' Video

(Prog) Between The Buried And Me have released a live performance video for their track The Ectopic Stroll. The song is taken from the band's latest album Coma Ecliptic, which was released last year via Metal Blade.

The video for The Ectopic Stroll sees the band performing the track live during a performance at The Roxy in Hollywood, California, on March 19 of this year.

BTBAM have a handful of dates left on their North American tour with August Burns Red, before they head to Europe in July. See the dates and watch the video here.

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David Bowie Helped Keep Deep Purple From Imploding

(TeamRock Radio) Glenn Hughes says David Bowie helped him through Deep Purple's rocky lineup changes while they lived together in mid-70s New York. Though former bassist Hughes was only in Deep Purple from 1973 until 1976, he helped the band through critical transitions after Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and then Ritchie Blackmore left.

He says Bowie, who was writing Station To Station at the time, encouraged him and keyboard player Jon Lord to stay and hire new-look guitarist, the late Tommy Bolin.

He tells UCR: "He was always telling me, 'Keep f***ing changing. Never stay the same. Never. Stay. The same. Throw those leather pants away. Throw those boots away. Let me cut your f***ing hair.' He was all about forever changing, and I've always done that, really. Some people don't get it, and some people do.

Hughes continues: "When Ritchie left the band, I gotta be honest with you, I wanted to go back to Trapeze and reform the band. Bowie was in my house, and he said, 'You should go get a new guitar player who sounds way different to Ritchie, and maybe looks different.' He kind of convinced me. I think Jon and I were going to throw the towel in.

"But then David Bowie drove me down in his Mercedes to audition Tommy. So Bowie had a lot to do with me going down there that day. And I fell in love with Tommy the moment I saw him, you know? I knew before he switched his f***ing amp on that he was going to kick my ass." Read more here.

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Marillion Announce New Album F.E.A.R.

(Prog) Marillion have revealed the release date for their upcoming 18th album. In a post on the PledgeMusic page for the album, as well as the band's Facebook page, Marillion confirm the follow-up to 2012's Sounds That Can't Be Made will be available on September 9.

And the band's management have confirmed to TeamRock that the record will be called F*** Everyone And Run (F.E.A.R.). Marillion say: "Our new album will be released on September 9, 2016. Final date for pre-orders is June 17. Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered so far. We are very excited about this album and can't wait to share it with you."

An image accompanying the update includes an image featuring the word F.E.A.R. in block capitals, with the album title F*** Everyone And Run written underneath. See the post and read more here.

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Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Announce On A Mission DVD

(Classic Rock) Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock will release a live DVD next month. On A Mission: Live In Madrid is out on May 6 via Inakustik and sees the guitar icon joined by singer Doogie White, drummer Herman Rarebell, bass player Francis Buchholz and guitarist/keyboard player Wayne Findlay.

Schenker says: "Madrid is one of my favourite audiences. And it fitted well in the routing of our European tour. And we found a nice little place, like an old theatre, a music theatre, with a bunch of balconies, so we decided to use Madrid for this DVD.

"And it was very fortunate for us that we had a good night musically, we played well, and the audience was absolutely fantastic." Check out the cover art and tracklisting here.

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Ihsahn Streaming New Song 'Celestial Violence'

(Prog) Ihsahn has made another track from his album Arktis available to stream. Celestial Violence is the closing track to Arktis, which is released on April 8 (today) via Candelight Records. He previously streamed Pressure.

This month, the Emperor frontman said that band are unlikely to release a new album as anything they put out now would be a disappointment. He said: "If people want a new Emperor record, what would they expect? They'd expect us to write music as if we were teenagers. You can't really win. At this point I think it would be absolutely pointless. It would be a disappointment - it's kind of an illusion."

Arktis features guest appearances from Matt Heafy of Trivium, Einar Solberg of Leprous and Shining's Jorgen Munkeby and Tobias Ornes Andersen. Stream the new song here.

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The Gentle Storm Release Live 'Brightest Light' Video

(Prog) The Gentle Storm have released a live video featuring a performance of their track Brightest Light. It was filmed in the Netherlands during their first run of dates, as Anneke van Giersbergen and her live lineup toured to promote debut album The Diary.

Although it was co-created by Arjen Lucassen, he only made a handful of appearances alongside the band, saying: "I don't see myself as a performer, because I'm not very good at it, and I get stage fright and stuff like that."

The Gentle Storm play three shows in South America this weekend, followed by dates in Spain, the USA and the Netherlands. Van Giersbergen launches a solo acoustic tour of Europe later this month. Watch the video here.

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Mogwai Announce Atomic Tour Dates

(Prog) Mogwai have announced a string of live shows in Europe and Japan in support of their album, Atomic. The album, which was released on April 1, contains reworked soundtrack material they composed for the BBC documentary Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise.

The group will perform Atomic live along with a screening of the documentary in the background. They'll kick off tour next month, with performances scheduled at Edinburgh Festival in August and London's Coventry Cathedral and The Barbican in September.

Mainman Stuart Braithwaite said: "The Atomic soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band. Ever since we went to Hiroshima to play and visited the peace park, this has been a subject very close to us. The end results, both the film score and the record, are pieces I'm extremely proud of."

The documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise explores humanity's delicate relationship with nuclear warfare and consists of archive footage from events such as the Cold War, Chernobyl and Fukushima. See the tour dates here.

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David Gilmour Plays Pink Floyd Classic On Kimmel

(hennemusic) David Gilmour performed the Pink Floyd classic, "Wish You Were Here", during a recent appearance on ABC-TV's late night series Jimmy Kimmel Live, and video from the program has surfaced online.

The title track to Pink Floyd's 1975 album has been available as an online exclusive following the broadcast performance of the guitarist's title track to his latest album, "Rattle That Lock."

The Kimmel appearance was in sync with the start of Gilmour's spring North American dates in support of the new record. The trek sees Gilmour playing multiple dates in four cities, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York. Watch the Kimmel performance here.

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Jane's Addiction Announce Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour

(hennemusic) Jane's Addiction will mark the 25th Anniversary of their 1990 album, "Ritual de lo Habitual", with a newly-announced Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour.

The 6-date run in July with Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour serves as a tribute to the early years of Lollapalooza ahead of the band's July 30 headline set at the festival's 25th Anniversary event in Chicago, IL this summer.

The trek kicks off on July 15 in Brooklyn, NY as part of the opening of the new Coney Island Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, April 15 through Ticketmaster. See the tour dates here.

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Guns N' Roses Confirm The Cult For Mexico Concerts

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have confirmed that The Cult will open the band's pair of concerts in Mexico City later this month. The April 19 & 20 shows at Foro Sol follows the reunion tour's preview and launch with a rare intimate show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1.

Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan were rounded out with a lineup that included longtime GNR members Richard Fortus on guitar, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer alongside new addition, keyboardist Melissa Reese.

The arena launch of the reunion run starts this weekend at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, with shows scheduled for April 8 & 9. Guns N' Roses will next headline Coachella on April 16, play the Mexico City dates and return for an April 23 set at the second weekend of Coachella. Read more here.

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Wilko Johnson Announces Autobiography and New Album

(The Blues) Wilko Johnson will release a new autobiography in May, to be immediately followed with the launch of a compilation album featuring his favourite Chess recordings.

The label name was reactivated for Going Back Home, his 2014 album with Roger Daltrey, recorded while he believed he had just months to live - before a revolutionary medical procedure saved his life.

He'll recount that and many other experiences in Don't You Leave Me Here: My Life, which arrives on May 26 via Little, Brown, and follows previous volume Looking Back At Me.

The publishers say: "His calm, philosophical response made him even more beloved and admired. And then the strangest thing happened: he didn't die. Don't You Leave Me Here is the story of his life in music, his life with cancer, and his life now - in the future he never thought he would see."

Then on May 27, the double-disc The First Time I Met The Blues: Essential Chess Masters will be released, containing material by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry and others. Read more here.

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Mike Patton's Culinary School For Kids Parody Video Goes Online

(TeamRock Radio) Faith No More's Mike Patton has been cast as a character in animated parody series Cooking Hostile. The singer is reimagined as the head of a culinary school for kids, with parody versions of songs such as Ashes To Ashes, Be Aggressive and Zombie Eaters appearing in the episode.

Series creator Joey Siler also previously featured Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe in a Halloween special last year. Meanwhile, Patton and Norwegian composer John Kaada released a video for Imodium from their experimental side-project, Patton/Kaada last month_._

Patton said of the project: "Kaada's compositions have always resonated deeply with me and his orchestral arrangements for this project are harmonically dense and delicious. Each individual piece is so well constructed and inventively assembled that my vocal passages practically sang themselves.

"I'm hoping very much that we can seduce some eardrums and welcome listeners into this lush sonic 'otherworld.'" Watch the video here.

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Escape The Fate, Room 94 Lead Additions To Camden Rocks Festival

(TeamRock Radio) Camden Rocks Festival has added 20 more bands to its lineup, including Escape The Fate, Room 94 and Stoneghost. The bands will join Sikth, Young Guns, InMe, Creeper, New Years Day and many more on June 4.

The event is held across a number of venues in Camden, London, and features a lineup of more than 200 acts. Organiser Chris McCormack said of the 2016 bill:

"It's great to see punters and bands from all genres come together to celebrate the best of live music. The energy across the day is electric and does Camden's rock'n'roll heritage proud." Read more here.

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Former Mansun Frontman Paul Draper Releasing Solo EP

(Prog) Former Mansun frontman Paul Draper has signed a deal with Kscope ahead of the release of an upcoming solo EP. Draper's EP One - a nod to Mansun's first single on Parlophone called One EP - arrives in June and is Draper's first new music since Mansun's split in 2003.

Draper says: "I'm delighted to sign with Kscope. After speaking to quite a few labels, Kscope understood best what Mansun were trying to accomplish with our albums and their dark humor.

"They are giving me free reign to create rock music outside the confines of the indie scene. They're allowing me to let the music to be exactly what I want it to be from inception to release. I feel I've found a perfect home for my work and I'm enjoying working with the guys there immensely." Read more here.

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